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Self-reported dermatitis and skin cancer in California farm operators.

Authors
Susitaival-P; Beckman-R; Samuels-SJ; Schenker-MB
Source
Am J Ind Med 2004 Aug; 46(2):136-141
NIOSHTIC No.
20029407
Abstract
BACKGROUND: High rates of skin diseases and higher non-melanoma skin cancer rates have been reported in farmers. METHODS: Self-report of dermatitis and skin cancer was among the information collected from 1947 California farm operators, mostly men, in a telephone survey. The majority of the farmers cultivated fruits, nuts, or other field crops. RESULTS: Dermatitis was reported by 8.9% of men and 15.8% of women during the previous 12 months. In a logistic regression model, female gender (OR 2.0, 95% confidence interval 1.3-3.0) and respiratory atopy (OR 1.4, 1.01-1.90) were the only significant independent risk factors for reported dermatosis. There was significantly less reporting of skin cancer among field farmers when compared to others. Regular sunscreen use was reported significantly more often by women (42%) as compared to men (11%). CONCLUSIONS: More in-depth studies are needed to get information on the role of agrochemicals as risk factors for dermatitis and skin cancer.
Keywords
Agricultural-chemicals; Agricultural-industry; Agriculture; Analytical-methods; Dermatitis; Sunscreening-agents; Exposure-levels; Farmers; Skin-cancer; Skin-diseases; Skin-exposure; Work-practices; Worker-health; Workers; Agricultural-chemicals; Respiratory-hypersensitivity; Respiratory-irritants; Author Keywords: agriculture; epidemiology; questionnaire survey; respiratory atopy; sunscreen use; dermatitis; farming
Contact
M. B. Schenker, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA 95616-8638
CODEN
AJIMD8
CAS No.
52645-53-1
Publication Date
20040801
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
mbschenker@ucdavis.edu
Funding Type
Agriculture; Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U50-OH-007550
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
0271-3586
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
CA
Performing Organization
University of California - Davis
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