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Summer Safety

Summer means warmer weather, more time outdoors, and fun in the sun. But it also means we're at greater risk for health problems such as heat stroke, dehydration, and skin cancer. Don't be sidelined by bad pasta salad or a serious sun burn — take steps to protect yourself.

Children, the elderly, and athletes are especially vulnerable to heat stress and heat stroke. Ward off heat-related illnesses by drinking plenty of fluids and resting often. And sun-worshippers beware: More than 1 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year. Those with fair skin and hair, green or blue eyes, and freckles are most at risk. Protect yourself by staying out of the sun during 10 AM and 4 PM, frequently reapplying sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, and wearing a hat and sunglasses.

Here are some more healthy tips to make sure your summer's not a bummer:

  • To avoid food poisoning at picnics, keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.
  • Always swim with a buddy.
  • When hiking or playing outdoors, watch out for poison ivy, ticks, and stinging insects.
  • Pack a first-aid kit to bring on trips and outings.

Be sure to visit the resources below to learn what you can do to prevent sun- and other outdoor-related diseases.

Asymmetry: Watch for any moles that are not round and symmetrical.
Border: Skin cancers may have uneven borders.
Color: Watch for varied shades of brown, tan or black (and also red, white, and blue).
Diameter: If a spot is larger than a pencil eraser, it could be trouble.

Source: The Skin Cancer Foundation


Make A Donation
Make a gift to an organization that will help make you and your family's summer safer.

Review the organizations below or search for opportunities in your area.

American Cancer Society
Working to eliminate cancer
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American Heart Association
Fighting heart disease and stroke
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American Humane Association
Prevention of cruelty to animals & children
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American Lyme Disease Foundation
Reduce incidences of lyme disease nationwide
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American Red Cross
Disaster relief and preparedness
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Arthritis Foundation
Prevention and awareness of arthritis & related diseases
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Cancer Care
Free help to people with cancer
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Lyme Disease Foundation
Information about tick-borne disease prevention
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Melanoma Research Foundation
Dedicated to finding a cure for melanoma
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National SAFE KIDS
Prevention of unintentional childhood injury
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Skin Cancer Foundation
Prevent skin cancer & encourage education
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Be A Volunteer
Join efforts that can make summer a safer time for everyone.

Volunteer with one of these organizations or search for other opportunities.

AMC Cancer Research Center
Volunteer locally to raise funds for cancer research
Volunteer

American Cancer Society
Search for a community event
Volunteer

American Cancer Society
Join a Relay for Life
Volunteer

Arthritis Foundation
Become a volunteer in your area
Volunteer

Be POOL Cool
Increase awareness about water safety to kids
Volunteer

Cancer Hope Network
Support cancer patients
Volunteer

National SAFE KIDS
Join a SAFE KIDS Coalition in your community
Volunteer

Speak Out
Speak out and spread the word on summer safety issues.

American Cancer Society
Send a message to your legislators
Speak Out

American Humane Association
Protecting animals and children
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National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention
Join Newslink to get the latest information
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