Socio-economic status, indoor and outdoor work, and malignant melanoma

Int J Cancer. 1984 Jul 15;34(1):57-62. doi: 10.1002/ijc.2910340110.


Among New Zealand non-Maori men, professional, technical, administrative and managerial workers had the highest incidence and mortality rates for malignant melanoma of the skin; labourers and workers in production and transport had the lowest rates. Reclassification of occupations, in terms of both socio-economic status and a three-step scale of outdoor exposure during work, suggested that differences between occupational groups were determined by differences in socio-economic status. Outdoor work exposure seemed to have little effect on the risk of melanoma.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Melanoma / etiology*
  • Melanoma / mortality
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Diseases / etiology
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Sunlight / adverse effects*