The Dark Side of the Sun

The Cooperative Extension Program LogoProgram Description:
Designed for farmers and others whose work is primarily in the sun. This program introduces them to the dangers of the sun's ultraviolet rays, factors that increase the risks of skin cancer, and methods for prevention. Participants learn about the effects of constant exposure to the damaging rays of the sun, and will understand and develop preventive measures that can guard against the development of skin cancer.

Target audience:
Farmers, farm workers, construction workers, military, and other outdoor workers who are constantly exposed to the sun.

Goals and Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. be knowledgeable of the major skin cancer facts including incidence, prevention and treatment outcome.
  2. understand the range of skin damage as a result of excessive sun exposure.
  3. learn the primary cause of skin cancer.
  4. identify the three major types of skin cancer.
  5. learn the factors that increase the risks of ultraviolet-related skin cancer.
  6. learn methods to prevent over-exposure to ultraviolet rays.
  7. increase their knowledge of the early warning signs of skin cancer.
  8. recognize the importance of both self-examination for skin cancer and of seeking physician consultation when warning signs appear.

NOTE: All program materials are available in Spanish. The translated version is called

El Lado Oscuro del Sol.

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