Outdoor workers least likely to get skin exams

May 15, 0008

Miami - Outside workers, who face the greatest risk of developing skin cancer from sun exposure, are the least likely to get skin exams, according to a report.

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- Outside workers, who face the greatest risk of developing skin cancer from sun exposure, are the least likely to get skin exams, according to a report.

Though only 15 percent of all workers in the study had ever received a skin exam, significantly less outdoor workers had received one. Outdoor occupations include farm operators and managers (10 percent), farm workers and other agricultural workers (7 percent), forestry and fishing occupations (3 percent), construction and mining (8 percent) and construction laborers (8 percent).

The findings were taken from an analysis of 2000 and 2005 data from the National Health Interview Survey. The study is published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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