OCCUPATIONAL SKIN CANCER

We are leading specialists in Occupational Skin Cancer.

Occupational skin cancer is more prevalent in men than women and those affected are usually those who have worked outside for most of their lives. Even today those with outdoor occupations are still exposed to solar ultraviolet irradiation without this being widely recognized as an industrial hazard.

Prevention is clearly the key and can be easily managed by the provision of sun tan lotion and cover up clothes.

The cumulative effect of solar ultraviolet (UV) radiation is responsible for the worldwide increase in non-melanoma skin cancer, a category that includes squamous cell carcinoma as well as basal-cell carcinoma. Non-melanoma skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in areas of the world with a light skinned population.

Non-melanoma skin cancers usually develop in the outermost layer of skin (epidermis) and are often named after the type of skin cell from which they develop. The two most common types of non-melanoma skin cancer are;

  • Basal cell carcinoma (BCC). Starts in the cells lining the bottom of the epidermis and accounts for about 75% of skin cancers.
  • Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Starts in the cells lining the top of the epidermis and accounts for about 20% of skin cancers.

In the UK, more than 100,000 new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are diagnosed each year.

The first sign of non-melanoma skin cancer is usually the appearance of a lump or discoloured patch on the skin that continues to persist after a few weeks and slowly progresses over months or sometimes years. In most cases, cancerous lumps are red and firm and sometimes turn into ulcers, while cancerous patches are usually flat and scaly. Non-melanoma skin cancer most often develops on areas of skin regularly exposed to the sun, such as the fact, ears, hands, shoulders, upper chest and back.

Surgery is the main treatment for non-melanoma skin cancer. It involves removing the cancerous tumour and some of the surrounding skin. Other treatments for non-melanoma skin cancer include freezing (cryotherapy), anti-cancer creams, radiotherapy and a form of light treatment called photodynamic therapy (PDT).

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If you feel you have been affected by Skin Cancer that may have been occupationally induced please contact Simcox Oliver Solicitors to obtain expert advice on 0161 804 8004, or send us a message using the form below.

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