Farmers Need to Check for Skin Cancer

Farmers Need to Check for Skin Cancer

Research shows farmers are least likely workers to get skin exam.

More than 11,000 Americans die each year from skin cancer. But when detected early skin cancer has a cure rate of 99%. Dr. David Pariser, a dermatologist and president of the American Academy of Dermatology, points out that since research shows farmers are among the least likely workers to receive a skin examination by a physician, it's important that farmers perform regular skin self-examinations, which could mean the difference between life and death.


Dr. Pariser says it's easy as "ABC" to remember how you can identify a mole or lesion that needs the attention of a dermatologist. Such as: Asymmetry - one half is unlike the other; Border - irregular, scalloped or poorly defined; Color - varies from one area to another; Diameter - the size of a pencil eraser or larger; and Evolving -changing in size, shape or color.


To help farmers minimize their risk of skin cancer, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends several suggestions, such as using water-resistant sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 30 on all exposed skin, and wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses while working in the sun.

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