Multiple cutaneous cancers in an interventional cardiologist: Predominance in unprotected skin nearest the radiation source.
Cardiovasc Revasc Med
A 70 year-old interventional cardiologist, who worked in the cardiac catheterization laboratory for >35 years, developed multiple skin cancers in regions not conventionally covered by protective lead apparel. The majority of lesions were left-sided, representing cutaneous regions in closest proximity to the radiation source. Although skin not covered by lead apparel often receives frequent sun exposure, a known risk factor for skin cancer, malignancies resulting exclusively from sun exposure would not in most cases be expected to have a left-sided predominance. Additional research is warranted to study the potential link between occupational radiation exposure and skin cancer risk.
Purohit E, Karimipour D, Madder RD. Multiple cutaneous cancers in an interventional cardiologist: Predominance in unprotected skin nearest the radiation source. Cardiovasc Revasc Med. 2021 Jan 29:S1553-8389(21)00080-4. doi: 10.1016/j.carrev.2021.01.029. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33549498.