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Lowering the skin cancer risk for outdoor workers

Working outside in the summer can be difficult, especially for workers in Mississippi. In the South, temperatures can average 100 degrees for several months of the year, which can be quite uncomfortable for the men and women who have jobs that require them to be outdoors. If you have to work outside, you understand how important it is to learn how to stay safe when the temperatures rise. 

It is critical for outdoor workers to know how to stay as safe as reasonably possible by avoiding heat-related illnesses. In addition to these things, outdoor workers should also be aware of the risk of skin cancer. There are specific steps workers can take to stay safe and reduce their chance of suffering the ill effects of sun exposure.

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When it's hot outside, many people believe that wearing fewer clothes is the smartest choice because it allows them to stay cool. This is not necessarily the best way to lower your body temperature, and it only exposes more of your skin directly to the sun, raising the risk of developing skin cancer in the future. It is in your interests to know how to lower your exposure while also staying cool. Ways you can do this include:

  • Wear light-colored clothing, including lightweight long-sleeved shirts and pants.
  • Remain aware of your exposure risk and safety steps, even on cloudy days.
  • Try to avoid working outdoors while the sun is at its hottest, which is early to midafternoon.
  • Wear sunscreen every day, and continually check your skin for suspicious spots.

People often underestimate the serious nature of melanoma and skin cancer. Skin cancer is still cancer, and it can have deadly consequences. In fact, one person in the United States dies from melanoma every hour. Sun exposure is a serious risk, but you have the right to take steps to make sure you are as safe as reasonably possible while on the job.

Suffering the effects of sun exposure

Employers bear the responsibility of ensuring that their workers are safe and have what they need to protect their health and well-being. If you do get sick due to heat or sun exposure, you could be eligible for workers' compensation benefits. This support can allow you to address your financial needs, medical bills and other concerns you may have as a result of your job-related injury or illness.

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