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It’s Sun Awareness Week and with the days getting longer and brighter, it’s time to remember why we should stay safe in the sun.
The top reasons for not practicing sun safety at work were that it was easily forgotten or inconvenient. However, UV exposure is an occupational hazard for those working outdoors, especially when outdoor workers often work when UV radiation is strongest. Sun Safety at Work Canada reports that outdoor workers are 2.5 to 3.5 times more likely to develop skin cancer than someone who works indoors.
Skin cancer is largely preventable, and your best bet is always protecting yourself outdoors. Cover up with clothing like hats, pants and long sleeves, and always wear sunglasses with UV protection.
Use a sunscreen and lip balm with at least an SPF 30, and spend time in the shade or indoors when it’s break time.
Finally, keep a check on your skin! Report any changes in your skin or suspicious moles to your doctor. Early detection can make all the difference, and mean more time doing what matters most to you.