“Dermatologists associated with the Huntsman Cancer Institute have visited Deer Valley and Snowbird resorts during the winter months over the past five years to screen employees for skin cancer. In that time, 38 presumed skin cancers were diagnosed among 294 participants — a nearly 10 percent detection rate.” -Dr. Christopher Hull
With the spring skiing season right around the corner its a great time to remind everyone to lather up with sunscreen every time you hit the slopes. The combination of the higher elevation and the reflection of sun on the snow makes for higher UV exposure even if under cloud cover as reported by deseretnews.com.
For people who work in these conditions daily, the issue of skin cancer can be a real concern. With resorts like Deer Valley and Snowbird participating in free screening programs like Sun Safe on the Slopes, the proof of these dangerous conditions is playing out over time. Dr. Hull had this to say about the 10 percent detection rate in out of 294 participants:
“That’s a pretty high level. It’s a group that appears to be at high risk — some of it occupational, but also recreational, as they are at a higher risk because they are outdoors and getting more UV exposure overall.”
Along with sunscreen, it is highly recommended to wear long sleeve shirts and wide brimmed hats if you are working at a ski resort to avoid prolonged daily exposure. Early detection can also be vital:
“Early detection is very important. It’s good things are being found, problems being recognized. It’s good people are getting things taken care of.”
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