Non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) is by far the most common cancer diagnosed in fair-skinned people. Ninety percent of NMSC is attributable to excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR). Outdoor workers are exposed to an UVR dose of at least 2 to 3 times higher than indoor workers. So far, the risk of UVR exposure is vastly neglected and the evident future challenges presented in the following pages are contrasted with the current situation regarding legal recognition, patient care and compensation. While prevention is crucial to reduce cancer risks for outdoor workers, it is as much of relevance to better protect outdoor workers through legally binding rules and regulations, including at EU level.
Therefore, targeted actions are needed to make workplaces safer for the approximately 15 million outdoor workers in the EU, and millions more abroad. This includes the harmonisation of cancer registries, sun-safe awareness-raising activities, further in-depth research to establish the extent and impact of exposure to UVR during working hours, the implementation of regular health surveillance and dermatological screening, as well as education and early care for high risk workers.