It’s well documented that working in the sun will increase your chances of attracting skin cancer. With the south of England being one of the warmest and sunniest places to live construction workers in Bournemouth in particular should take extra care.
A recent study by the British Journal of Cancer found that construction workers had the highest number of melanoma skin cancer deaths (44% of all related fatalities).
It’s vital that people are familiar with the initial signs of skin cancer to give themselves the best chance to recover.
Dr Lesley Rushton, lead researcher from Imperial College said: “It’s important to get to know what your skin is normally like, and to tell your doctor if you notice any changes to how your skin looks or feels. Skin cancer can appear as a new mole or mark, or it can be a change to something you’ve had for a while.”
Dorset is very lucky to have an excellent climate with plenty of sunshine. Bournemouth boasts one of the highest temperature and sunlight averages in the UK, meaning easier for construction workers to suffer from skin cancer.
Dr Rushton has advised construction workers to show more diligence with their health when at work and for employers to take sunlight exposure seriously.
“We all need some sun for healthy bones, but too much can increase the risk of skin cancer, and the risk can be higher for some people. Generally, the best ways for people to protect their skin is to spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm, and cover up with clothing. Also use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and four or more stars on the parts of the body you can’t cover, like face and hands.”
“Now that we have a clearer picture of the extent of the damage caused, employers need to make sure they take sun exposure at work seriously and work out how to reduce it.”