Self-estimation or Phototest Measurement of Skin UV Sensitivity and its Association with Peoples Attitudes Towards Sun Exposure
2014 (English)In: Anticancer Research, ISSN 0250-7005, E-ISSN 1791-7530, Vol. 34, no 2, 797-803 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Fitzpatrick's classification is the most common way of assessing skin UV sensitivity. The study aim was to investigate how self-estimated and actual UV sensitivity, as measured by phototest, are associated with attitudes towards sunbathing and the propensity to increase sun protection, as well as the correlation between self-estimated and actual UV sensitivity.
PATIENTS AND METHODS:
A total of 166 primary healthcare patients filled-out a questionnaire investigating attitudes towards sunbathing and the propensity to increase sun protection. They reported their skin type according to Fitzpatrick, and a UV sensitivity phototest was performed.
Self-rated low UV sensitivity (skin type III-VI) was associated with a more positive attitude towards sunbathing and a lower propensity to increase sun protection, compared to high UV sensitivity. The correlation between the two methods was weak.
The findings might indicate that individuals with a perceived low but in reality high UV sensitivity do not seek adequate sun protection with regard to skin cancer risk. Furthermore, the poor correlation between self-reported and actual UV sensitivity, measured by phototest, makes the clinical use of Fitzpatrick's classification questionable.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
International Institute of Anticancer Research (IIAR) , 2014. Vol. 34, no 2, 797-803 p.
Ultraviolet rays; skin neoplasms; skin type; phototest; attitudes
Health Sciences Dermatology and Venereal Diseases
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-105410ISI: 000331497200033PubMedID: 24511015ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84897066243OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-105410DiVA: diva2:706659