Mountain Guides

  • Matthias MoehrleEmail author
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Mountain guides encounter extreme UV doses due to the outdoor workplace, altitude-related increase of UV radiation, and UV reflection from snow-covered surfaces.

Mountain guides have more sunburns and are more often affected by UV-related skin damage.

Occupational UV exposure was an independent risk factor for solar cheilitis and basal cell carcinoma.

The high prevalence of seborrhoeic dermatitis, herpes labialis, and common warts may be due to UV-linked immunosuppression.

Skin cancer in mountain guides is likely to be an occupational disease.


Mountain guides Ultraviolet radiation UV exposure Skin cancer Basal cell carcinoma Solar cheilitis Herpes labialis Seborrheic dermatitis Common warts 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Praxisklinik Tuebingen – Haut und VenenTuebingenGermany
  2. 2.Department of DermatologyUniversitaets–HautklinikTuebingenGermany

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