Harvest season is right around the corner, and a medical expert says it can be a dangerous time for farmers if they let it. Avoiding hazards around the heavy equipment is just one aspect of the job. There are medical issues that can arise due to the exposure to dust and chemicals associated with the job.
Dr. Debra Phillips, professor of family and community medicine at SIU School of Medicine, advises farmers to get cancer screenings.
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Dr. Phillips advises families to make sure their children stay safe when doing farm chores and if someone has an injury, they should quickly go to their personal physician or hospital emergency department. The web site for North American Guidelines for Children's Agricultural Tasks can be found at this story at Alton Daily News.com