A silviculture worker was diagnosed with skin cancer, and part of his ear was removed.
Silviculture workers, including tree planters, spend long periods of time outside in the sun at the hottest time of year. Prolonged UV Exposure is recognized as causal to skin cancer.
Workers should know there are different types of skin cancer, including Basal Skin Cancer and potentially fatal Squamous Cell Skin Cancer that are most frequently found on sun exposed skin such as face, neck, and hands. Malignant Melanoma is less common than other skin cancers, but growing in frequency, more dangerous, and potentially fatal unless detected and treated at an early stage.
People can have different levels of vulnerability to skin cancers, based on their skin tone, family history, and the state of their immune system.
(See attached pdf for a personal story on the increased risk of skin cancer for silvicultural workers.)
Canadian Dermatology Association web page on sun safety: