Thomas Nelson
Health Benefits Representative
Outlook March / April 2019
Greetings Brothers and Sisters! Spring is in the air. The weather is getting warmer and the outdoor activities are upon us: the parks, beaches, picnics and barbeques. Having said that, there are certain precautions we must take to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the ultra-violet rays. Unfortunately, skin cancer and melanoma are on rise and are one of the deadliest forms of cancer and can spread very rapidly. Even people with darker skin pigmentations can be affected by skin cancer. It is always advisable to protect your skin with an effective sun lotion with a SPF of 30 or higher depending on how sensitive you are to the sun. During this time of year after the long winter, you can get sunburned very easily, even on a cloudy day. You need to wear protective clothing with a UPF of 50+ and sunglasses with 100% UV protection. It is also a good idea to get a full body scan by a certified dermatologist to check for moles and sores that might not heal quickly at least once per year. The sooner it is detected, the better the chance of survival and a cure. Now that I scared you all to death, have a great summer! Be smart, be careful, but most of all enjoy!

In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Brother Harold Hillard and Brother Pat McNally on their retirement as officers of Branch 36. All the Best!

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