Sun Safety

  • We often associate farm safety with properly using equipment. However, many may forget to protect themselves from the danger of sun damage.
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  • One in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer. Risk for basal cell carcinoma, a skin cancer, is 40 percent higher in UV exposed workers compared to indoor workers. This includes farmers, who spend hours working outdoors.
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Figure 1. Farmers are at a higher risk of skin cancer due to increased sun exposure.

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PREVENTION

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To prevent sun damage:

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  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen of 30+ SPF (even on a cloudy day)
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  • Use a waterproof sunscreen so it is not easily removed by sweat
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  • Apply 1 ounce, every 2 hours
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Cover up

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  • Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts
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  • Wear lightly woven, bright-colored clothing
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  • Wear a hat (preferably wide-brimmed)
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  • The highest risk for skin cancer is on your face and scalp
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Additional Sun Safety Tips

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  • Seek the shade
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  • Don’t allow yourself to burn
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  • Keep newborns out of the sun
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  • Avoid tanning booths
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  • Examine your skin
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  • Visit your physician annually
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SELF EXAMINATION IS KEY

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It's important to examine your skin (on your entire body) monthly because skin cancers detected early can often be treated. The most important warning sign is a spot on the skin that is changing in size, shape, or color during a period of one month up to 2 years.

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Skin cancers often take the following forms:

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  • Pale, wax-like, pearly nodules
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  • Red, scaly, sharply outlined patches
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  • Sores that don't heal
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  • Small, mole-like growths – melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer
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If you find these unusual skin changes, see a health care professional immediately.

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For more tips to help you protect your skin from the sun, visit https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/sawmills/uvradiation.html.

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More information on skin cancer is available at www.skincancer.org.

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GROWING SAFELY VIDEO

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Watch the Growing Safely Sun Safety video on the Monsanto YouTube Channel,

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Sun Safety Video

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In the video, a district sales manager discusses how a spot on his skin changed his life.