Prevention of Occupational Skin Cancer

  • Andrea BauerEmail author
  • Kerry E. Adam
  • Peter H. Soyer
  • Keith William James Adam
Reference work entry


Occupational skin cancer induced by natural and artificial UV radiation and ionizing radiation as well as by chemical carcinogens like arsenic and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons is recognized in many countries worldwide.

There is a significant body of evidence available to identify work-related causation of occupational skin cancers.

A detailed sequential occupational history and possible exposures are essential to identify cases and distinguish occupational from nonoccupational skin cancers.

Legal regulation concerning occupational health and safety as well as prevention programs are country-specific and are being delivered to a different extent.

Effective prevention programs will include employer policy, worker education, and environmental controls (PPE).


Occupational skin cancer Prevention Squamous cell carcinoma Basal cell carcinoma Actinic keratosis Solar UV-exposure Ionizing radiation Carcinogens 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Bauer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kerry E. Adam
    • 2
  • Peter H. Soyer
    • 3
    • 4
  • Keith William James Adam
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Dermatology, University Allergy Center, University Hospital Carl Gustav CarusTechnical University of DresdenDresdenGermany
  2. 2.Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Health and Rehabilitation SciencesThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.Dermatology Research Centre, School of MedicineThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  4. 4.Dermatology DepartmentPrincess Alexandra HospitalBrisbaneAustralia
  5. 5.Medibank Health SolutionsBrisbaneAustralia
  6. 6.Faculty of Health SciencesThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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