Don't forget to pack your sunscreen this weekend or you'll see red

Health officials say before you head out for your Memorial Day weekend don't forget to pack your sunscreen.

Friday was known as Don't Fry Day, and the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention wants everyone to practice sun safety.

Glori Traeder is a Nurse Practitioner in the plastic surgery department at Quincy Medical Group, and she hopes people this weekend are remembering safe habits.

"There's an 800 percent increase in melanoma in young adults, men and women, that is enormous and frightening , " Traeder said.

It's statistics like these that make Traeder an advocate for skin cancer awareness, especially around Memorial Day.

When people are heading outdoors for swimming, fishing and boating, Traeder hopes they remember an important tool: sunscreen.

"We need to go straight to the drug stores or wherever we buy our products, and we need to stock up , " said Traeder.

And Traeder says, it doesn't matter how tan you might already be, everyone needs sunscreen.

"Tan is actually a negative response to or your body's response to negative stimuli ," Traeder said. " It's not a good thing, it's a bad thing."

It's recommended that you put on your sunscreen at least 30 minutes before you go outside. You should also be applying it every two hours.

Traeder says the key to succe s sful sunscreen use is buying one that you know you're going to use, whether it's spray on, or lotion, and have one for every member of your family.

"My beach bag has probably six types of sunscreen in it ," said Traeder. "Y ou want to pick out products that you or your family members can be successful at, so you have to think about each person."

Taking these steps this weekend can help to make your weekend not only fun, but burn-free.

The American Cancer Society estimates there will be more than 76 ,000 new cases of malignant melanoma, and more than two million new cases of basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers this year.