Skin cancer prevention

skin cancer prevention

Farmers and agricultural workers have a high risk of skin cancer because they usually work outdoors. Protect yourself from the sun and reduce your risk of skin cancer by wearing a broad brimmed hat, sunglasses, long sleeved shirts, long pants and sunscreen. Avoid working outdoors in the middle of the day if possible when ultraviolet rays are at their highest.

Farmers are also at risk of eye damage from too much sunlight while working long hours outdoors. Always wear sunglasses fitted with side arms and sun hats to protect your eyes and to reduce the risk of facial skin cancers.

You also have a duty to protect any workers from the effects of the sun. Protecting outdoor workers – more information.

Skin cancer is a preventable disease and the majority of skin cancers can be successfully treated, if found early. Being familiar with your skin and aware of any changes should help you detect any suspicious lumps or spots as soon as they develop. Don’t just rely on an annual skin check to detect any suspicious spots. Use the combination of five simple sun protection measures of Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide during the daily sun protection times.

Find out more about this topic at Cancer Council Australia.

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Skin cancer prevention

  • Farmers and agricultural workers have a high risk of developing skin cancer.
  • When the UV index is predicted to be 3 or above, protect yourself from the sun with hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, shade and clothing.
  • Share tasks so the same person is not always working outdoors.
  • Have regular skin checks so any skin cancers can be detected early.

Last updated: 1st December, 2016