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Document ID (ISN)65449
CIS number 95-1855
ISSN - Serial title 0091-6765 - Environmental Health Perspectives
Year 1993
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Nelemans P.J., Groenendal H., Kiemeney L.A.L.M., Rampen F.H.J., Ruiter D.J., Verbeek A.L.M.
Title Effect of intermittent exposure to sunlight on melanoma risk among indoor workers and sun-sensitive individuals
Bibliographic information Aug. 1993, Vol.101, No.3, p.252-255. 9 ref.
Abstract A population-based case-control study was performed in the Netherlands to examine the effect of sunlight exposure and melanoma. The study group comprised 141 patients with a histologically verified melanoma and 183 controls with other malignancies. Subjects were categorized as indoor or outdoor workers on the basis of occupational exposure to the sun. Pigmentation characteristics were summarized as one sun sensitivity score. The odds ratios associated with sunbathing, vacations spent in sunny countries and sunburns were higher among the indoor workers than among the outdoor workers. After stratification by the sun sensitivity score, the effect of sunbathing, participation in water sports (swimming excluded), vacations in sunny countries and a history of sunburn was largest for the sun-sensitive subjects. The results of this study support the hypothesis that intermittent exposure to sunlight is an important risk factor for melanoma.
Descriptors (primary) solar radiation; melanoma; exposure; light sensitivity; risk factors; skin cancer
Descriptors (secondary) non-occupational factors; Netherlands; case-control study; office work; outdoor work
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNetherlands
Subject(s) Radiation
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Non-ionizing radiation
Skin diseases