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Influence of age, gender, educational level and self-estimation of skin type on sun exposure habits and readiness to increase sun protection
Cty Ostergotland, Res and Dev Unit Local Hlth Care, S-58185 Linkoping, Sweden .
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Dermatology and Venerology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Dermatology and Venerology in Östergötland.
2013 (English)In: Cancer Epidemiology, ISSN 1877-7821, Vol. 37, no 2, 127-132 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Sun exposure habits and the propensity to undertake sun protection differ between individuals. Not least in primary prevention of skin cancer, aiming at reducing ultraviolet (UV) exposure, knowledge about these factors may be of importance. The aim of the present study was to investigate, in a primary health care (PHC) population, the relationship between sun exposure habits/sun protection behaviour/readiness to increase sun protection and gender, age, educational level and skin UV-sensitivity. Methods: The baseline data from a previously performed RCT on skin cancer prevention was used. 415 patients, aged andgt;18 years, visiting a PHC centre in southern Sweden, filled-out a questionnaire mapping sun exposure, readiness to increase sun protection according to the Transtheoretical Model of Behaviour Change (TTM), and the above mentioned factors. Results: Female gender was associated with more frequent suntanning (p andlt; 0.001) and sunbed use (p andlt; 0.05), but also with more extensive sunscreen use (p andlt; 0.001). High age was in general associated with low level of sun exposure and high level of protection. Subjects with low educational level reported less frequent sunscreen use than those with higher educational level, and also chose lower SPF (p andlt; 0.001). For almost all parameters, high skin UV-sensitivity was associated with markedly lower sun exposure (p andlt; 0.001) and more pronounced readiness to increase sun protection. Females and subjects with high educational level reported higher readiness to increase sunscreen use than males and subjects with lower educational level (p andlt; 0.001). Conclusions: Gender, age, educational level and skin type appear to be important factors affecting sun exposure habits and sun protection behaviour, which supports the idea of appropriate mapping of these factors in patients in order to individualise sun protection advice according to the individual patient situation and capabilities.

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Elsevier , 2013. Vol. 37, no 2, 127-132 p.
Keyword [en]
Sun exposure, Sun protection behaviour, Behaviour change, Demographic factors, Skin type
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-92705DOI: 10.1016/j.canep.2012.12.006ISI: 000317415700004OAI: diva2:621662

Funding Agencies|County Council of Ostergotland||

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