Tag: Sun Safety

August 3, 2015

Repeated exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation places workers at risk for various forms of skin cancer and eye diseases. Skin cancer is not usually the result of a single, painful sunburn. Small changes occur to the skin each time it is exposed to sunlight and repeated exposure can cause progressive damage to the skin’s biological structure. Skin cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in the United States, and the number of skin cancer cases in the United States continues to rise each year. The American Cancer Society estimates that over one million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year. Skin cancers related to sun exposure include squamous cell cancer, basal cell cancer, and melanoma. UV radiation also damages the sensitive retinal and corneal areas of the eyes. Long term exposure can cause macular degeneration, cataracts, tissue growths such as pterygium, and cancer of the eyelids. These disorders affect vision and in some cases cause blindness. The sun’s rays are most intense and damaging during the summer months. The greatest exposure occurs from 10:00am until 4:00pm, but you can still get a sunburn during cloudy weather, other seasons, and other times of the day. The areas of the body most at risk are: back of the neck, ears, face,eyes, and arms. These and other body parts can be easily protected by wearing proper clothing, sunglasses, an

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