-- Robert Preidt
SATURDAY, July 16 (HealthDay News) -- You may love the summer
heat that makes it easy to swim, picnic and just laze around
outside, but don't overdo it: Overexposure to the sun and heat can
be dangerous, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency warns.
On average, heat waves kill more people each year in the United
States than any other natural disaster. And one American dies every
hour from skin cancer, the most common type of cancer in the United
States, according to the EPA.
To help combat the double-whammy of heat waves and the sun, the
EPA suggests planting trees, shrubs and vines near buildings to
provide cooling shade and protection from ultraviolet rays.
The agency also offers the following summer safety tips:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers more
hot weather tips.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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