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May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer.  The good news is that skin cancer can be prevented, and it can almost always be cured when it’s found and treated early.  May 7th is National Melanoma Day.

1 in 40 people will be diagnosed with melanoma this year.  It’s a fact that the largest percentage of skin cancer cases come from construction employees, working outdoors.  Melanoma can occur with any skin color, and can spread to other areas inside the body and cause death.  Protective clothing, shaded work areas, sunglasses and sunscreen are necessary to minimize the risk, and should be reviewed in toolbox talks and safety meetings.  Learn how to perform a self-exam and visit a dermatologist regularly if you are at risk for any kind of skin cancer.

Sweetwater is proud to participate in Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. During the month of May, join us in taking action to prevent skin cancer and reduce the risk of UV damage.  We have sent field superintendents and subcontractor foremen a detailed reminder to protect, detect and see a dermatologist regularly.