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Exposure to the sun on the skin in the workplace increases the cost of cancer treatment

April 26, 2018 13:08

Causes of skin cancer associated with sun exposure at work can cost millions of dollars and need to be better addressed by politicians.

In the new study, published today in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, in 2011 in Canada, estimated total and the individual value of newly diagnosed non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSC), caused by sun exposure in the workplace.

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The costs associated with a number of costs for the whole life, including medical treatment, the effect of time on the job, the costs from his own pocket, and poor quality of life.

Further analysis revealed a significant cost per patient for the two most common types of skin cancer: basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma. This figure was 5 to $ 760. Per case for basal and 10 555 US dollars. For the case of carcinoma of squamous cell carcinoma.

About one in ten Canadian workers exposed to solar ultraviolet radiation (UV) at work, and most of them six o'clock administered daily or more outdoors.

Ultraviolet radiation is the main cause of skin cancer, the researchers hope that their findings could convince the politicians to pay more attention to reduce sun exposure in the workplace - both within Canada and abroad. Classes, which are considered most at risk: construction, farming and gardening are not exclusive to Canada.

Dr. Emile Tompa, a senior fellow at the Institute of Labor and Health Canada, commented: "The findings suggest that policy makers can focus more on reducing exposure to the sun in the workplace through the appropriate allocation of resources, the prevention of cancer."

"The results could raise awareness of politicians, employers, trade unions and workers on the significant influence of sun exposure on the skin in the workplace. Now it can be a serious argument in favor of the cost of inexpensive measures of protection such as a hat and loose clothing, sunscreen and planned change, to reduce the amount of time workers spend in the sun. "

The study, which was funded by the Canadian Cancer Society, is the first to comprehensively evaluate the economic disadvantages caused by diseases of the sun in Canada.



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