Major League Baseball supports several health initiatives. Projects include the Mother's Day Breast Cancer Awareness which helps raise money and awareness for breast cancer, Father's Day Prostate Cancer Foundation Home Run Challenge which helps raise money and awareness of prostate cancer; and Play Smart When it Comes to the Sun, a league-wide skin cancer awareness program in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Players Association and the American Academy of Dermatology.
The San Diego Padres have supported Major League Baseball and the Players Association in their partnership with the American Academy of Dermatology to fight skin cancer. The "Play Sun Smart" program is aimed at educating people about the dangers of skin cancer and is near and dear to the heart of Commissioner Bud Selig, as well as several MLB players and managers.
By "Being Sun Smart" and taking these precautions, everyone can have "fun in the sun."
In summation, taking precautions and undergoing skin screening can go a long way to warding off skin cancer.
"The baseball community continues to set a good example of sun-safe behavior," said Dr. Brian B. Adams, a dermatologist and chair of the academy's sports committee. "We encourage everyone, including baseball players and fans, to regularly conduct skin self-examinations to look for signs of skin cancer, which can be successfully treated if caught early."