Hidden costs of skin cancer caused by workplace sun exposure revealed

Source: E Cancer News, May 2018

Skin cancer cases attributable to work-related sun exposure could be costing millions of dollars and must be better addressed by policymakers.

A new study, published today in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, has estimated the total and per-case costs of newly diagnosed non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSCs) in Canada in 2011 caused by workplace sun exposure.

Using a range of secondary sources, including official government records and health surveys, researchers revealed the true economic burden of NMSCs, which cost $34.6 million in 2011 Canadian dollars.

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