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A. Milon, J.-L. Bulliard, L. Vuilleumier, B. Danuser and D. Vernez Estimating the contribution of occupational solar ultraviolet exposure to skin cancer British Journal of Dermatology 170

Article first published online: 13 JAN 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/bjd.12604

What's already known about this topic?

  • Solar radiation is the most frequent occupational carcinogenic agent in many countries. It is also the main causative factor of skin cancer.
  • Skin cancer is barely recognized as an occupational disease due to a lack of data on the occupational contribution to the overall dose.

What does this study add?

  • We show the contribution of occupational ultraviolet exposure, in terms of annual (chronic) anatomical dose and acute events, to the risk of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) for various occupational scenarios.
  • A numerical model (SimUVEx) was used to assess occupational and lunch break exposure, and to characterize exposure patterns and anatomical distribution.
  • Risk of SCC was estimated from an existing epidemiological model.

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