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Skin cancer council reminds farmers and others not to ‘fry’ this summer

—Rachel Schrage
Public Relations Team

We all know that too much time in the sun can leave us with a painful and unattractively red sunburn, but did you know that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States? Those who work outdoors – including farmers – are at particular risk.

This year, more than 2 million people will be diagnosed with melanoma, basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer.

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated Friday, May 23, as Don’t Fry Day. It is intended as a reminder of the importance of protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, the leading cause of skin cancer. Here are some easy steps to follow to protect yourself this summer:

  • Don’t burn or tan.
  • Seek shade.
  • Wear sun-protective clothing.
  • Generously apply sunscreen (at least SPF 30).
  • Use extra caution near water, sand or snow, which reflect sunlight.

The council has also assembled some resources aimed at helping outdoor workers reduce their risk, including one from the University of Iowa written specifically for farmers. Links to these resources can be found at

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