It's Memorial Day weekend, which means many of us will be headed to the nearest beach, pool or otherwise sunny location, if we're lucky enough to have sun.
But how many of us will put on sunscreen in order to avoid a nasty burn? Not nearly enough of us, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In a study of self-reported lifestyle choices of 4,000 adults, under a third reported using sunscreen regularly.
The study, published recently in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, found that 14 percent of men and 30 percent of women said they used sunscreen on their faces. Before we jump all over the guys, the number of women may be higher because many women's facial creams contain sunscreen.
More than 42 percent of men and 27 percent of women reported that they never used sunscreen on the rest of their bodies.
And of those who said they regularly used sunscreen, nearly 40 percent didn't know whether the sunscreen they used was broad spectrum, blocking both UVA and UVB rays.
According to an American Council on Science and Health press release, "Skin cancer (including basal cell carcinoma) is the most common of all cancers, and the number of cases continues to rise.
"About 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed every year. Melanoma, the most dangerous and potentially deadly type of skin cancer, will account for over 70,000 cases in 2015. Most skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun - and this exposure can be lessened by sunscreen use."
The ACSH has a nifty page that gives tips on how to stay safe in the summer sun, including wearing hats and glasses and staying out of the sun during its strong times of the day, between 10 and 2.
Be careful out there.