Okay, so it might be a little late for most of us to start training for the Olympics, or a new career as a professional wrestler, but I like to believe that there are many more good times ahead of us than behind us.  And we are all still young enough to do a cracking good job at work each day.

So why is it that I keep hearing from some of you “oh it is too late for me to start using sun protection”.  What sort of defeatist attitude is that?  The way I figure it, even if you have spent your entire life working outside without sun protection, if you are still breathing, then it is not too late to starting reducing your risk of skin cancer.

Maybe we are just looking at this all wrong.  Remember that UV all adds up.  Rather than thinking that it is too late to start, I think that “today is your next chance to get it right”.  I mean, when you think about it, how hard is it to put on a long sleeved shirt and a hat?  Just making this small change, and wearing these consistently, could be the difference between whether you are diagnosed with skin cancer, or not.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to get a skin cancer one day and then think that maybe this wouldn’t be happening if I had starting using sun protection when I was reminded to.   I’d be pretty cheesed off if I had to sit in the chair opposite the doctor and be told that I had cancer, knowing that there was a good chance I could have avoided this if only I had taken some advice.

Look, you are all smart enough to understand the risk of UV when working outdoors, and your excuse that it is too late to start after a lifetime in the sun?  Sorry but that flies about as well as a lead zeppelin.

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UV levels change throughout the day, so be sure to check the UV forecast for where you are working. An easy way to do this is to download the SunSmart app for iOS | Android | Samsung to keep track of the UV levels via your smartphone.