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'Farmer's tan' could have fatal consequences - skin cancer warning

Farmers are being urged to take extra precautions against skin cancer as a ’farmer’s tan’ could have fatal consequences.



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With agriculutural workers spending many hours outside at this time of year, the Irish Skin Foundation is warning farmers about skin cancer.

 

According to the skin charity, farmers receive five to ten times more UV exposure than indoor workers.

 

Overexposure to UV radiation can cause sunburn, skin and eye damage as well as skin cancer.

 

 

The charity says farmers should take precautions such as wearing suncream every day, wearing protective clothing at all times and wearing a hat.

 

We asked a few of our readers if they were aware of the dangers and whether they take any precautions.

 

 

Sheila Evans, Wales

Sheila Evans, Wales

"My father developed a melanoma that appeared as a large brown 10p sized mark on his back; this was removed and thankfully hadn't spread.

 

"He asked the doctor "how can this be? I always wear a shirt". The doctor told him it doesn't matter where on your body your skin burns, the resulting cancer can develop anywhere on your skin.

 

"It was a real eye opener for us all. I'm always telling people to use sun cream now!"

Charlotte Cunningham, Devon

Charlotte Cunningham, Devon

"Having very pale skin, yes always! But sadly I think that farmers always take the "I'll be alright attitude" (speaking from experience with a partner who is constantly getting burnt!).

 

"I think if farmers were more aware of how dangerous sun exposure and skin cancer can be they'd think twice about "forgetting" to put suncream on or grab a hat!

Hannah Binns, Lancashire

Hannah Binns, Lancashire

"Despite religiously applying suncream on holidays abroad, I am guilty of not bothering when out and about on the farm in the sun.

 

"I think farmers are more aware nowadays about the dangers of sun exposure but are usually too busy to put on suncream, especially during the summer season when everything is happening at once!

 

"They just embrace the t-shirt tan lines - it's a staple fashion accessory after all."

Adam Quinney, Warwickshire

Adam Quinney, Warwickshire

"I certainly use sun blocker when it's not raining - as you can get sunburn even in our Case cab!

 

"I'm a bit of a hat fan as well. Having children and grandchildren around the place is a good reminder to keep slapping it on!"

Georgina Gater-Moore, Cheshire

Georgina Gater-Moore, Cheshire

"Everyone needs to put on a lot more sun cream even when it doesn't feel hot! Perhaps someone should develop a 'farmer proof' suncream?

 

"I think some young farmers don't take sun protection as seriously as they could, I see a lot of burnt people after shows like the Royal Welsh etc."

Edward Ford, Essex

Edward Ford, Essex

"I'm aware of the dangers but don't wear sun cream.

 

"I never take my top off. My arms are fairly brown anyway and I don't particularly burn.

 

"Our sprayer operator, Harry Mouland, burns very easily. He aways, always wears sun cream."

James Robinson, Cumbria

James Robinson, Cumbria

"I'm aware - yes. I do take a few precautions such as sun cream on my face and neck.

 

"I wear a hat too and a loose top when it's hot. Probably not sufficient, but it's got to help a bit.

 

"Not been much call for too much sun protection this summer though."

Helen Cussons & Young Farmer William, Yorkshire

Helen Cussons & Young Farmer William, Yorkshire

"William being so young and fair haired we have to ensure we take precautions but sometimes I don’t think people realise until they have a very upset child at bedtime.

 

"During the busy harvest season and having very active children playing on the farm in the ‘peak heat’ of the day thinking about sun cream can easily be forgotten amongst the mission of delivering lunches to the workers.

 

"William is constantly playing outside in shorts and t-shirts throughout the summer months and without realising the sun can very hot.

 

"I have to ensure we have spare hats and sun cream in the majority of vehicles as most of the time my pockets are full of baler band or missing ear tags I’ve picked up in the field."

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