Background: The most important risk factor for the development of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer is thought to be ultraviolet (UV) radiation. To date there is no quantification of the UV exposure of outdoor sports professionals training and competing at high solar UV levels. Methods: During eight stages of the ‘Tour de Suisse’ cycling race, the UV exposure of 6 professional cyclists was monitored with Bacillus subtilis spore film dosimeters. Results: The measurements showed a personal UV exposure between 0.2 minimal erythema dose (MED) during the prologue and 17.2 MED during a mountain stage. The mean daily personal exposure of all full stages (prologue excluded) was 8.1 MED. The personal exposure level determined during these races exceeded international exposure limits by more than 30 times. Conclusion: Therefore UV exposure of sports professionals should be limited by application of sun screens, protective clothing and training/competition at low insolation.
Dr. Matthias Moehrle
Department of Dermatology
Liebermeisterstrasse 25, D–72026 Tübingen (Germany)
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Received: Received: March 31, 2000
Accepted: April 8, 2000
Number of Print Pages : 2
Number of Figures : 1, Number of Tables : 1, Number of References : 8
Dermatology (International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology)
Founded as ‘Dermatologische Zeitschrift’ by Oskar Lassar (1893–1907); Continued by Erich Hoffmann (1908–1938), continued as ‘Dermatologica’ (1939–1991), by Wilhelm Lutz (1939–1958), Rudolf Schuppli (1959–1985)
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Vol. 201, No. 1, Year 2000 (Cover Date: 2000)
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