Cancer Research UK on Google+ Cancer Research UK on Facebook Cancer Research UK on Twitter
Donate

Let's beat cancer sooner

Can you get skin cancer from exposure to a naked flames

8 Mar 2018 10:32

Hi

just trying to find out about exposure to naked flames as a work colleague had developed skin cancer on his hands and forehead the places where the boiler lightly heats your skin (it’s red when you finish cleaning them) he has done the job for 28 years but his local doctor just dismissed it as skin cancer from the sun but he isn’t one for basking in the sun. 

sorry If this is posted in the wrong place

Dan

Re: Can you get skin cancer from exposure to a naked flames

8 Mar 2018 10:48 in response to Dramondan

Hello Dan.  Welcome to this forum.  I have looked through this website's information on skin cancer and there is no reference anywhere to naked flames increasing a risk of skin cancer.  As is well known over-exposure to the sun and sunbeds can increase the risk but that is because of the ultra violet rays involved.  I don't know who employs you and your colleagues but I would imagine that if there was any risk a good employer would have long since taken steps to ensure their employees' safety.  You may like to speak to the nurses on this forum to reassure yourself (Freefone 0808 800 4040 9am-5pm Monday-Friday).  Best wishes.  Annie

Re: Can you get skin cancer from exposure to a naked flames

9 Mar 2018 11:02 in response to Dramondan

Hello Dramondan,

Thank you for posting.

I am sorry about your friend’s situation.  I suspect your friend has a type of skin cancer called non-melanoma, this can be found on parts of the skin that have been exposed to sunlight.  But the damage that can occur from sunlight exposure may have happened up to around 30 years ago. 

I have looked to see if exposure to a naked flame can cause skin cancer, and I cannot see any evidence that it does.  For information about what we know causes or increases the risk of skin cancer have a look on our website here

I hope this has helped.

Caroline.

 

Re: Can you get skin cancer from exposure to a naked flames

11 Mar 2018 17:58 in response to Dramondan

Hi Dan

A typical flame doesn't get hot enough to emit UV radiation, which is implicated in skin cancer. Since you mention cleaning the affected areas, I wonder if your colleague was using some unusual chemical to clean the skin.  I'm sure Swarfega is 100% safe, but was he using some chemical solvent?