Is occupational solar ultraviolet irradiation a relevant risk factor for basal cell carcinoma? A systematic review and meta-analysis of the epidemiological literature

ArticleinBritish Journal of Dermatology 165(3):612-25 · May 2011with37 Reads
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.2011.10425.x · Source: PubMed
The most important risk factor for basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is ultraviolet (UV) radiation. It is reasonable to assume that outdoor workers with a long history of work-related UV exposure are at increased risk of developing BCC. To analyse systematically the epidemiological literature concerning the evidence of an association between occupational UV exposure and BCC risk in outdoor workers. Systematic literature review of cohort studies and case-control studies providing data on occupational UV exposure and BCC occurrence. PubMed (up to 28 January 2011) was searched, supplemented by hand searching and consultation of experts in the field. The association between occupational UV exposure and BCC risk is presented as odds ratios (ORs). A random-effects meta-analysis and sensitivity analysis including meta-regression on study-specific covariates were performed. Twenty-four relevant epidemiological studies (five cohort studies, 19 case-control studies) were identified. Twenty-three studies reported sufficient data to be included in the meta-analysis. The pooled OR for the association between outdoor work and BCC risk was 1·43 (95% confidence interval 1·23-1·66; P = 0·0001). Studies adjusting for sex (P < 0·0001) and individual nonoccupational UV exposure (P = 0·014) showed a significantly stronger association of occupational UV exposure and BCC risk. Meta-regression revealed a significant inverse relationship between occupational UV radiation exposure and BCC risk with latitude (P = 0·015). Published epidemiological literature indicates that outdoor workers are at significantly increased risk for BCC. This finding is highly relevant for health policy to stimulate the implementation of effective prevention strategies.
    • "BCC represents 80% of non-melanoma skin cancers and is the most common cancer among Cau- casians [16, 17] . Bauer et al. showed an increased frequency of BCC in people with occupations involving excessive sun exposure (farm laborers, fishermen, sailors, builders, pilots of aircraft) [18] . Up to 80% of all the lesions are found on the head and neck (30% nose, cheek 22%, 15% forehead, periorbital 5%, 4% scalp, neck 4%, etc.) [19] The pathogenesis of basal cell carcinomas involves the following factors: "
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    • "Outdoor workers, including most ecological workers, spend time outdoors increasing exposure to ultraviolet light [41]. Since the ecological workers described in this paper are mainly outdoors working with natural and managed ecosystems, UV exposure is an occupational risk, predisposing such workers to higher rates of both basal and squamous cell carcinoma compared with indoor workers [42,43]. These cancers and the underlying keratosis are being recognized as compensable occupational diseases [44]. "
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    • "Skin and eye UVR exposure limits have been recommended for working situations [1] . These limits (≤1.3 SED/8 h working day) are often exceeded, especially among outdoor workers2345678910, who have also been found to have an increased risk of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)111213. Several studies throughout the world have tried to map people's UVR exposure. "
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