© 2011 Albert A Rasch and
The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles™
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Having Fun in the Sun - Safely!
As many of you must know, skin cancer is on the rise. Exposure to everyday chemicals, polluted atmospheres, over exposure to the sun, and better record keeping, all have contributed to the rise according to the American Cancer Society. 2 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer on average are diagnosed each year. 68,000 cases of melanoma, the most serious and lethal type of skin cancer, are within that diagnostic catagory.
Remember when summertime rolls around, we tend to spend far more time outdoors, especially if we love fishing! Long hours on the dock, pier, shoreline, or boat add up to a lot of exposure, especially to the strongest and most harmful ultraviolet sun rays of the year.
There are some simple precausions you can take to reduce the harmful effects of the sun and reduce your chances of skin cancer and damage.
- Wear a hat.your head and face are the most likely spots to get damaged and suffer skin cancer!
- Wear long sleeved shirts and pants. If you have ever watched the TV shows of flats fishermen in Florida, you will notice they wear lightweight pants and long sleeve shirts.
- Use good sunglasses that are polarized. Not only can you see better, but it really helps protect your eyes from flying debris, sand, lures and insects.
- Use a good sunblock. SPF 30 is the minimum for outdoor work, and you should reapply frequently.
It's really important to drink plenty of water, and stay hydrated. If you're hydrated so is your skin. And hydrated skin can cool itself more efficiently.
Following these simple guidelines will lessen the chances of you getting skin skin cancer and keep you enjoying the great outdoors!
Albert A Rasch
Member: Qalat City Tent Club
Member: Hunting Sportsmen of the United States HSUS (Let 'em sue me.)
The Hunt Continues...