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Melanoma Rates Have Doubled According to CDC Report

Friday, September 11, 2015

Despite the fact that the rates of most other types of cancer have been declining, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that melanoma rates doubled between 1982 and 2011.

Fortunately, the CDC says that skin cancer prevention programs could cut the projected number of new melanoma cases between 2020 and 2030 by as much as 20 percent.

Employers can play a vital role in the prevention of skin cancer. OSHA has identified ultraviolet (UV) radiation in sunlight as a workplace hazard, and employers should

encourage employees to do the following in order to protect themselves from UV rays:

  • Cover up
  • Use sunscreen
  • Wear a hat
  • Wear UV-absorbent shades
  • Limit exposure

In addition, employers can visit OSHA’s website for more information and resources to help protect workers from UV radiation.

Material posted on this website is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a legal opinion or medical advice. Contact your legal representative or medical professional for information specific to your legal or medical needs.

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