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Love your skin. Protect it from skin cancer.
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month
It's the unofficial start of summer with¬†warmer, sunnier days and rapidly growing grass in your backyard. While your¬†lawn loves getting more¬†sun, your body's largest organ¬†does not. That's because the same UV rays that help your¬†lawn grow can also burn your skin, which can lead to skin cancer. And, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, anyone can be at risk of skin cancer.¬†
3 steps to reduce skin cancer risk
The¬†risk of skin cancer is higher¬†if you¬†spend long periods¬†in the sun. That's not good news if you're a landscaper, mowing contractor or farmer. The good news is that¬†the American Cancer Society¬†gives¬†three easy steps that¬†reduce your¬†risk of skin cancer:
- 1) Avoid direct exposure to the sun when UV is most intense (usually between 10a and 4p)
- 2) Spend more time in the shade at mid-day when sunlight is strongest
- 3) Follow the Slip! Slop! Slap! and Wrap! rules:
- ? Slip! on a shirt. Cover up with comfortable, protective clothing made of tightly woven fabrics that light¬†cannot penetrate.
- ? Slop! on sunscreen.¬†Apply generous amounts sunscreen and lip balm with an SPF 30+ rating and broad-spectrum UV¬†protection to exposed skin before going outdoors and throughout the day.
- ? Slap! on a hat.¬†Wear a hat that shades your face, ears and neck.
- ? Wrap! on sunglasses.¬†Wear sunglasses with 100% UVA and UVB protective lenses to shield eyes and surrounding skin.
So, show your skin some love:¬†protect it and yourself from UV and skin cancer. And, if working in the sun is unavoidable, get protected¬†with¬†Grasshopper gear and accessories for your Grasshopper mower¬†at grasshoppergear.com.
For more skin cancer protection tips, visit cancer.org/skincancer,¬†and for more lawn care, lawn mowing and lawnmower maintenance¬†tips, or¬†to learn more about Grasshopper zero-turn mowers, visit grasshoppermower.com.
Posted on:May 20, 2014