Skin Cancer a Threat to Construction Workers

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a lot of attention (and rightly so) has been given towards raising awareness for this deadly disease that claims the lives of 40,000 women each year. However, there is another often overlooked health concern that affects countless construction workers, landscapers, contractors, and those who work outdoors for a living: skin cancer. According to The Skin Cancer Foundation's website: "Sun is the primary cause of skin cancer, and that means that construction laborers, who work outside most of the time, are at high risk for this disease. However, because their risk of accidental death and injury on the job is not only higher, but also more immediate, the dangers of skin cancer in this industry have often been neglected." It is very important to remember that although the hot summer months are now behind us, harmful UV rays from the sun can still cause damage to the skin, even through clouds and in cold temperatures. Be sure to look for any abnormal growths, moles, or darkened spots on the skin, particular in areas that are often exposed to sunlight. If you have any concerns, be sure to schedule a visit to a dermatologist ASAP and get checked out. For those who need head and face protection from the sun, check out the newly added Camo Hat from the Blades Direct online store. As current or potential customers, your health and well-being are important to us. Take care of yourself and enjoy the cooler weather in the coming weeks and months! The Blades Direct Team