Skin Cancer Prevention Behaviors Among Agricultural and Construction Workers
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Some people have a higher risk than others, but anyone can get it. Because agricultural and construction workers (ACWs) spend most of their work-related time outdoors, they may be at an increased risk for skin cancer due to higher levels of sun exposure. A new study looks at how common skin cancer prevention behaviors are among ACWs. The study found that more than half of ACWs reported never using sunscreen when outside on a warm sunny day for more than 1 hour. About one-third of ACWs had at least 1 sunburn in the past year. The percentage of agricultural workers wearing sun-safe clothing was significantly higher than among construction workers by industry (70.9% vs 50.7%) and occupation (70.5% vs 53.0%). These results support a need for sun-safety and skin cancer prevention efforts for ACWs and their employers.