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* Protect Youself in the Sun *

 

Protect in the Sun

Sunlight contains ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which causes premature aging of the skin, wrinkles, cataracts, and skin cancer. The amount of damage from UV exposure depends on the strength of the light, the length of exposure, and whether the skin is protected. There are no safe UV rays or safe suntans.

Skin Cancer


Sun exposure at any age can cause skin cancer. Be especially careful in the sun if you burn easily, spend a lot of time outdoors, or have any of the following physical features:

Self-Examination

It's important to examine your body monthly because skin cancers detected early can almost always be cured. The most important warning sign is a spot on the skin that is changing in size, shape, or color during a period of 1 month to 1 or 2 years.

Skin cancers often take the following forms: If you find such unusual skin changes, see a health care professional immediately.

Block Out UV Rays

Preventing Skin Cancer

For more information about preventing,detecting, and treating skin cancer, check out these sources:

American Cancer Society
www.cancer.org 1-800-ACS-2345

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
www.cdc.gov/ChooseYourCover 1-888-842-6355
The Skin Cancer Foundation
www.skincancer.org 1-800-SKIN-490

* Protect Yourself in the Sun *

 

We welcome comments about this article, and your requests for future topics.

    If you have a specific topic you would like to see covered here or that you may need for your company, please send an Email to our Tail Gate Safety Topics editor, Dave Miller at demiller@pacificemployers.com or to peinfo@pacificemployers.com. Thanks!

 

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