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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month - MOSH

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US, with over 5 million cases annually. However, it's also highly preventable. By raising awareness about sun exposure dangers and promoting skin checks, lives can be saved. Skin Cancer Awareness Month urges collective action to spread facts about prevention and early detection. Most skin cancers are caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, an invisible radiation originating from the sun, tanning beds, and sunlamps. These UV rays are the primary cause of most skin cancers due to their ability to damage skin cells. Protecting skin from the sun is vital for preventing sun damage and skin cancer. Seek out shade whenever possible, and opt for clothing to shield from harmful UV rays. Additionally, wear a wide-brimmed hat to shield the face, ears, and neck. Sunglasses are essential to safeguard eyes from UV rays and lower the risk of cataracts while also protecting the sensitive skin around the eyes. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, which filters both UVA and UVB rays, before going outside. These simple steps can help reduce the risk of sun damage and skin cancer.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act mandates that employers must mitigate the risk of harm to their workers. Employers may be required to offer workers' compensation to employees who develop skin cancer due to on-the-job sun exposure. Skin cancer can significantly diminish workers' productivity. Annually, Americans suffer over $100 million in productivity losses due to restricted activity or absenteeism caused by skin cancer. Implementing sun protection measures for outdoor workers fosters a healthy and safe work environment. Moreover, it can enhance productivity, leading to cost savings.

Remember the Five S's of Sun Safety

  • Slip on a long-sleeved T-shirt
  • Slop on SPF-30+ Sunscreen
  • Slap on a broad-brimmed hat
  • Slide on UV-protective sunglasses
  • Shade from the sun when possible
images of stick figures putting on protective clothing, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and being in the shade

Take the SUN SAFETY Pledge

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