Take time to take precautions

Marshfield Clinic says they found an estimated 12 cases of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, among 607 people screened at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days last week.

National Farm Medicine Center director Dr. Matthew Keifer says, “Of all the cancers farmers are at risk for, skin cancer is the No. 1 cancer that can be diagnosed quickly and cured.”  The problem is farmers often don’t take the needed precautions and don’t take the time to be screened.

Nationwide, an estimated 76,000 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed this year and an estimated 9,700 people will die from the disease, according to the National Cancer Institute.

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