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Document ID (ISN)110915
CIS number 10-0498
ISSN - Serial title 0815-6409 - Journal of Occupational Health and Safety - Australia and New Zealand
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Makin J., Dobbinson S., Doyle C.
Title Victorian farmers' and other rural outdoor workers' skin cancer prevention - knowledge and practices
Bibliographic information 2009, Vol.25, No.2, p.115-121. 28 ref.
Internet access 10-0498.pdf [in English]
Abstract Farmers and other rural outdoor workers are a high-risk group for skin cancer. This study aimed to describe the skin cancer prevention knowledge and practices of farmers and other rural outdoor workers in two regions of the State of Victoria. Data were collected by means of questionnaires from 366 farmers and 140 other rural outdoor workers. Most respondents believed that they were at risk of developing skin cancer and had high levels of knowledge regarding the issue. However their prevention practices were less than optimal, particularly in terms of the low percentages reporting regular use of sunscreens or wear of long-sleeved shirts (21% and 20% respectively). Implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) Victoria; outdoor work; skin cancer; safety consciousness; agriculture; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) Australia; ultraviolet radiation; questionnaire survey; skin protection
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Agriculture
Heat and cold
Cancer and carcinogens