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Builders and construction workers at greater risk of skin cancer

With diagnosis rates rising faster than any of the top 10 cancers in the UK, men – particularly those who work outdoors such as builders and construction workers – are at even greater risk of developing skin cancer.

That’s why this Sun Awareness Week (4-10 May) Macmillan Cancer Support is joining forces with Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland to raise awareness of skin cancer among British men.

A YouGov survey commissioned by Macmillan found that men were more likely to risk skin cancer than women as they were three times more likely to not wear sun cream, with one man in five stating that they never wore sun cream outdoors during sunny weather.

It also found that 1.2 million men in the UK have been sunburnt at work, partly because sunscreen is seen as “less manly” and “silly” to apply.

Macmillan skin cancer clinical nurse specialist Carol Goodman said: “Skin cancer is often overlooked in comparison with other cancers, but the numbers of people being diagnosed have risen fivefold since the 1970s.

“We need to encourage more men to be aware of the signs and symptoms of cancer, so we’re thrilled to have the support from Saint-Gobain to help us reach a particularly hard to reach group about this important issue.”

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