Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Outdoor Workers May Have High Risk For Developing Skin Cancer

Outdoor workers have a significantly high risk for developing basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer. A new study published in the September issue of the British Journal of Dermatology performed a systematic review of 24 studies examining occupational ultraviolet light exposure and skin cancer occurrence. After comparing the data from all the studies, researchers found a 1.43-fold increased risk for BCC among outdoor workers. Regular use of sun screen and sun protective clothing amongst outdoor workers could certainly help reduce this risk.

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