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Occupational skin cancer: sweeping the path to prevention

15 Jul 2017

The skin, the largest body organ, is not only the most common cancer site in Caucasian populations [1], but also the site in which cancer is most easily preventable through education, exposure reduction, early detection and treatment. Solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR), the main risk factor for development of skin cancer, is classified as a group 1 carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and World Health Organization [2,3]. A recent meta-analysis reported that occupationally UVR-exposed workers have almost double the risk of developing cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) [4], and at least a 43% higher risk of developing basal cell carcinoma (BCC) compared with non-exposed workers [5].

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