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Illustration of a family at the beach being shaded by a sun tent.

Sun and Skin: The Dark Side of Sun Exposure

Sunlight is essential to many living things, but it also has a dangerous side. The sun can harm your skin and even your eyes. The good news is you can take some simple steps to protect your body from sun damage.

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Fun Summer Days: Eating Better, Getting Active

Warm weather brings lots of new opportunities to improve your health: plenty of fresh, local produce and more choices for outside activities. With some planning, you can enjoy the opportunities while avoiding the health risks, like hyperthermia and skin cancer.

An illustration of an elderly woman sitting near an operating air conditioner.

Stay Cool: Getting Too Hot Can Be Dangerous

Heat-related illness is preventable. Still, hundreds of deaths from extreme heat occur in the United States each year. You can take steps to beat the heat.

Recommended NIH Resources

AgePage: Hyperthermia—Too Hot for Your Health
(National Institute on Aging)
If you’re feeling too hot for too long, you could be at risk for developing hyperthermia, or heat-related illness. Read how to lower your risk and cool down to avoid health problems.

AgePage: Skin Care and Aging
(National Institute on Aging)
Get tips for common skin care problems related to aging—such as dry or itchy skin, wrinkles,age spots, and skin tags—and ways to keep your skin healthy.

Anyone Can Get Skin Cancer
(National Cancer Institute)
No matter if your skin is light, dark, or somewhere in between, everyone is at risk for skin cancer. Learn what skin cancer looks like, how to find it early, and how to lower the chance of skin cancer.

Learning About Skin Cancer
(National Human Genome Research Institute)
Answers to frequently asked questions about skin cancer, including the most common forms, symptoms, causes and heredity, prevention, and treatment.

Aloe Vera
(National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
basic information on aloe vera, including common names, uses, potential side effects, and resources to learn more. from the u.s. national institutes of health.

 

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