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Simona Surdu, Edward F. Fitzgerald, Michael S. Bloom, Francis P. Boscoe, David O. Carpenter, Richard F. Haase, Eugen Gurzau, Peter Rudnai, Kvetoslava Koppova, Joëlle Févotte, Marie Vahter, Giovanni Leonardi, Walter Goessler, Rajiv Kumar and Tony Fletcher Occupational exposure to arsenic and risk of nonmelanoma skin cancer in a multinational European study International Journal of Cancer 133

Article first published online: 9 JUL 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ijc.28216

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While it is established that inhalation of arsenic can cause lung cancer, associations with other cancer types is less clear. Here, the authors examined a possible link of workplace exposure to the chemical element in dust and fumes with non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC). They find that women are at higher risk of NMSC from arsenic workplace exposure than men with a markedly increased odds ratio in the presence of additional sunlight exposure. Thus, the combined exposure to arsenic and sunlight poses a considerable risk for the development of skin cancer.

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