UV Awareness

Last updated on June 21st, 2024 at 03:52 pm

Co-written by Charlotte Halverson and Carey Portell

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States and is related to repeated exposure to the sun, which causes damaging changes to a person’s skin.

Exposure to harmful ultraviolet rays is most intense between 10 AM and 4 PM.

Remind your patients that, if possible, they should:

  • Limit work in the sun during 10 AM to 4 PM
  • Hydrate well with water or non-caffeinated beverages
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages
  • Wear wide-brimmed hats wear loose cotton clothing
  • Apply sunscreen with an SPF factor of 30+ every two hours.

To reduce the risk of early cataract development and macular degeneration, sunglasses should meet ANSI UV requirements and indicate UV protection. Important: check prescription medication information for sun sensitivity! (Agricultural Safety and Health extension Community of Practice).

Farmers are more susceptible to skin cancer, as they are working in the elements daily. Agricultural workers don’t need x-rays or blood tests to find skin cancer early – just their eyes and a mirror. Educate your patients on what it might look like. If an individual has skin cancer, finding it early is the best way to make sure it can be treated successfully!


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