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NSW launches campaign to protect outdoor workers from skin cancer

May 15th 2023

NSW launches campaign to protect outdoor workers from skin cancer

The Cancer Institute of NSW has recently launched a new campaign warning workers about the dangers of skin cancer.

People who work outdoors have up to three times more sun exposure than indoor workers.

The new video campaign dubbed ‘Change Your Routine’ reminds employers to put in place measures to protect outdoor workers from sun exposure.

Cancer Institute NSW CEO Professor Tracey O’Brien says UV radiation cannot be seen or felt, but it's present even during cold weather conditions.

“It’s a misconception that UV radiation is only harmful during summer, with high UV index levels present in NSW from August to May,” Professor O’Brien said.

“Ninety-five per cent of melanoma and 99% of non-melanoma skin cancers are caused by overexposure to UV radiation from the sun and for those working in agriculture, construction, roads and our backyards, the risk of developing skin cancer is even greater.”

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