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Farmers warned of increased risk of skin cancer due to UV sunlight

Apr 17, 2021 18:04 By radiokerrynews
Farmers warned of increased risk of skin cancer due to UV sunlight Farmers warned of increased risk of skin cancer due to UV sunlight
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Kerry farmers are being warned of their increased risk of skin cancer due to UV sunlight.

CSO figures from 2018 show almost one in four skin cancer deaths in Ireland are to farming, outdoor and construction workers, with exposure to UV sunlight a significant factor.

Dr Triona McCarthy, consultant in public health medicine, says farmers are particularly vulnerable to this cancer risk because the length of time they work outdoors, as well as the lack of social supports and controls due to their self-employed status.

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Dr McCarthy says farmers should use protective clothing and sun cream to reduce their risk, and contact their GP if they notice a lump or discoloured patch on the skin.

Farmers are invited to attend a public webinar on Wednesday 21st April, 11.30am to 1.00pm., run by Teagasc, about the risks associated with UV sunlight exposure, and a link is available here.

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