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NDFB Week Safety Tip #1

Created: 3/08/10 (Mon) | Topic: Education

Farming has plenty of challenges, but probably one of the hazards that farmers worry about the least are the dangers from working in the sun.

According to Dr. David Pariser, a dematologist and president of the American Academy of Dematology, 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-examptions, which could mean the difference between life and death," Pariser says.

To identify a mole or lesion that needs the attention of a dermatologist, remember ABCDE: 

Asymmetry (one half is unlike the other)
Border (irrgular, scalloped or poorly defined)
Color (varies from one area to another)
Diameter (the size of a pencil eraser or larger)
Evolving (changing in size, shape or color.)

Pariser says it's important to do self checks, because, when detected early, skin cancer has a cure rate of 99 percent.

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