Different outdoor professions carry different risks for skin cancer

Prevention efforts to different professions based on their individual needs could help lower the global burden of NMSC.

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Non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) is the most common type of skin cancer. Scientists in a new study have suggested that different outdoor professions carry different risks for NMSC.

Scientists involved  563 participants in the study. 39% among them were farmers, 35% gardener, and 26% mountain guides. They also included 215 indoor workers.

Critical contrasts were seen between the outdoor professions with mountain guides at the most elevated hazard. Generous contrasts between the professions were additionally found in skin cancer screening rates (indoor laborer 61.4%, mountain guides 57.8%, agriculturists 31.9%, plant specialists 27.6%), daily ultraviolet radiation exposure amid work, and protective behavior, for example, sunscreen use amid work.

Dr. Alexander Zink, of the Technical University of Munich, in Germany said, “Altitude and number of hours working outside seem to make the difference.

The study is published in Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.