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Sun-Related Behaviors of Outdoor Working Men with a History of Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer

Woolley, Torres BSc, PhD; Buettner, Petra G. PhD; Lowe, John DrPH

Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine: September 2002 - Volume 44 - Issue 9 - pp 847-854
Original Articles

The present study describes sun exposure and sun protection behaviors of northern Australian outdoor workers with previous non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC). In 1999 a cross-sectional study of northern Australian men with previous NMSC was conducted by self-administered questionnaire. Compared to other men, outdoor workers spent more time in the sun on average working days and days off (P < 0.0001, respectively), and outdoor workers with sun-sensitive skin reported that more skin lesions had been removed (P = 0.0461). The workplace did not reinforce sun-safe practices of 36.8% of workers who spent half their time or more outdoors. Sun-protective behaviors were not different between in- and outdoor workers. Outdoor workers experienced high levels of sun exposure, however, sun-protective behavior was similar to other workers. Workplaces should be targeted to reinforce sun-safe policies.

From the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Skin Cancer Research Group, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia (Dr Woolley, Dr Buettner); and Community and Behavioral Health, College of Public Health, The University of Iowa, USA (Dr Lowe).

Address correspondence to: Dr Petra G Buettner, Skin Cancer Research Group, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, James Cook University, Townsville QLD 4811, Australia; petra.buttner@jcu.edu.au.

©2002The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine