Two events on Saturday will benefit the American Cancer Society, and a third is being hosted by the organization to educate women:
* Sister to Sister will host HATS — for Healthy Attitudes Toward Self-Care — from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at McAdams Recreation Center, 1329 E. 16th St. It will include a play about the many hats women wear throughout the day. Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite hat and enter a hat contest. To enter the contest or for more information, call J'Vonnah Maryman at 316-660-7183.
* A pancake feed from 7 to 11 a.m. will feature Chris Cakes at the Maize Recreation Building, 10100 Grady Ave. It include a silent auction. The 12-hour Maize Relay for Life will be Aug. 7, beginning at 7 p.m. For more information and to register, call 316-616-6502 or visit www.relayforlife.org/maizeks.
* The society's Run for Life of Wichita will begin at 8 a.m. at High Park in Derby. Registration begins at 7 a.m. The event will include a 5K run, a 1-mile fun run/walk, and a kids' fun dash. For more information and to register, call Amy at 316-776-2985 or visit runwichita.org.
Over-the-counter contacts can be hazardous to your eyes
The American Academy of Ophthalmology warns that decorative contact lenses called circle lenses are potentially dangerous and shouldn't be purchased without a prescription.
Improperly fitted, over-the-counter lenses can lead to pain and irritation, the academy said, or to more serious problems such as corneal abrasions and infections.
Over-the-counter sales of nonprescription cosmetic lenses have been illegal in the United States since 2005, but they remain widely available.
Use sunscreen right for best results
Many people don't use sunscreen correctly, dermatologists say. Here are some tips:
* Sunscreen takes time to start working. Instead of slathering on lotion when you're already outside, apply it 20 to 30 minutes before leaving the house.
* A high SPF isn't fail-safe. Even products with SPF 50 or higher won't block all of the sun's rays. No matter how high the number on the bottle, you need a thick coating and reapplications every one to two hours.
* It's never too late to protect yourself. Even if you've had frequent sunburns in the past, you can still reduce your risk of skin cancer now. Daily sunscreen use will slow the growth of existing precancerous sun spots as well as reduce the number of new ones.
* You can put sunscreen near your eyes. In fact, five to 10 percent of all skin cancers appear on eyelids. Carefully rub regular sunscreen on your lids or look for specially formulated products for sensitive facial skin, and wear a wide-brimmed hat.
—Newport News, Va., Daily Press