Campaign focuses on protecting farmers from heat stress, skin cancer
Iowa City, IA – A new campaign is reminding farmers about the dangers of skin cancer and heat stress, and how to stay protected.
The poster states that farmers and other outside workers receive 2-3 times as much ultraviolet radiation from the sun as indoor workers. Using images, the poster also illustrates the warning signs of melanoma (the most severe type of skin cancer): asymmetry, border, color, diameter and evolving.
Additional tips for farmers include:
- Put on broad-spectrum sunscreen (which protects against UVA and UVB rays and is SPF 15 to 30) 20 minutes before work, and reapply it every two hours.
- Wear a wide-brim hat; sunglasses; pants; and a long-sleeved, light-colored shirt.
- Take regular breaks.
- Drink water before getting thirsty.
- Wear light, breathable fabric such as cotton.