Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie (and cancer): three healthy tips

baseball hotdog and applepieSummertime, especially around the 4th of July, means that people are out enjoying what many associate with being American. However, with that come risks for cancer and potentially side effects for those living with cancer. Here are three healthy tips for this holiday and the rest of the summer.

  • Stay out of the sun – this might be tough to do, so a good course of action is to limit your sun exposure, use sunscreen (30 SPF or higher) and wear a wide brim hat.
  • Stay hydrated – drinking plenty of water is the best way to fight dehydration. Other ways include eating foods that have a high water concentration such as watermelon, lettuce and yogurt.
  • Stay cool – make sure you wear clothing that is breathable, take cool showers at bedtime and consider jumping into a pool for a swim.

More information on beating the heat and enjoying your summer are available through the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

Please share with us what you do to manage during the hot summer months.


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