Study examines occupational groups particularly at risk from skin cancer
Especially in summer, doctors warn of the dangers of skin cancer. But not only bathing people and so-called sun worshipers are damaged by harmful UV rays. There are also certain occupational groups that have a particularly high risk of developing skin cancer. British researchers have now found that construction workers are most at risk from exposure to harmful UV rays, followed by people working in agriculture.
Scientists at Imperial College London found that construction workers are most at risk of developing malignant melanoma. It has long been clear that some occupational groups are at increased risk of skin cancer because they are exposed to the sun for hours at work. The doctors published the results of their study in the journal "British Journal Of Cancer".
Which occupational groups are particularly at risk?
Exposure to harmful UV rays during work can result in death. The British experts estimate that such jobs lead to five new cases of malignant melanoma each week. Construction workers are most at risk, followed by agricultural workers. But police officers, soldiers and public service workers are also at greater risk.
Those affected usually do not take dangers seriously
The scientists estimated that around 48 deaths and 241 cases of skin cancer are triggered each year in the UK alone through the work of those affected. However, the danger is often underestimated. Earlier research showed that workers in vulnerable occupations don't really take the risks of sun damage seriously or don't understand them properly, explains Dr. Lesley Rushton of Imperial College London in a press release.
Watch skin changes
The new study proves that you don't have to work in the Mediterranean or in a traditionally sunny country to suffer sun damage, the scientists explain. It is very important that people keep an eye on their skin. So you can tell a doctor right away if you notice any changes to the skin, the experts say.
Employers should protect their employees
We have a clearer picture of the extent of the damage caused. Now employers need to make sure that employees take sun exposure at work seriously and eventually develop ways to reduce risk, the authors advise.
Construction workers die particularly often from skin cancer
The study accounted for 21 deaths and 101 cases of malignant melanoma in people working as construction workers. We estimate that about two percent of all cutaneous malignant melanomas in the UK are due to occupational exposure to sun exposure, the scientists explain.
Our bodies need sun, but too much sun is dangerous
The results of the study underline the need to develop suitable strategies to reduce this burden. We all need some sun for the health of our bones, but too much sunshine can increase the risk of skin cancer.
Ways to reduce risk
In general, the best way to protect your skin is to spend the time in the shade between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. You should also protect yourself from the sun by wearing clothing that is long enough. In addition, they should also use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 15 on the face and hands, the authors advise. (as)