Sex as a Risk Factor for Solar Ultraviolet Radiation Exposure?-Dosimetry in Danish Outdoor Workers

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Abstract

Solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure is a known risk factor for the development of skin cancer. Heterogeneity in solar UVR exposure may explain the diversity in skin cancer incidence between men and women. This, however, has not previously been investigated in Danish outdoor workers using UVR dosimetry. The aim of this study was to evaluate sex differences in solar UVR dosimetry in Danish outdoor workers on working and leisure days. A cross-sectional design was used to collect dosimetry data during the Danish summer season (May to September). Analysis was based on an electronic questionnaire and dosimetry data from 450 outdoor workers (88 women, 362 men). Dosimetry data were reported as standard erythema dose (SED). The daily median SED (Interquartile range) on working days was 1.6 (2.5) in men and 1.5 (2.1) in women while on leisure days it was 0.5 (1.4) in men and 0.6 (1.3) in women. Analysis by multiple linear regression did not show any association between daily median SED and sex on either working or leisure days. In conclusion, solar UVR exposure in Danish outdoor workers did not vary according to sex.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Sider (fra-til)1350-1354
Antal sider5
TidsskriftPhotochemistry and Photobiology
Vol/bind96
Udgave nummer6
Tidlig onlinedato1 aug. 2020
DOI
StatusUdgivet - nov. 2020

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