Sunscreen Increasingly Overshadows Alternative Sun-Protection Strategies
|dc.identifier.citation||Koch, S. and Pettigrew, S. and Strickland, M. and Slevin, T. and Minto, C. 2016. Sunscreen Increasingly Overshadows Alternative Sun-Protection Strategies. Journal of Cancer Education. 32 (3): pp. 528–531.|
The present study assessed perceptions of effective sun-protection strategies among the general public and whether these perceptions have changed in recent years. During five summers from 2007/2008 to 2011/2012, 4217 adolescents and adults living in a region with very high levels of solar UV radiation participated in annual, cross-sectional telephone surveys. Respondents’ perceptions of the most effective sun-protection strategy were measured with a single open-ended question. In all survey years, sunscreen was the by far most frequently nominated sun-protection strategy, with an average mention rate of 71.0 %. The tendency to nominate sunscreen increased significantly over the 5-year study period and on average, was more common among adolescents compared to adults (81.6 vs 60.0 %) and females compared to males (73.6 vs 68.3 %). Despite respondents’ increasing tendency to nominate sunscreen as the most effective sun-protection strategy, health experts have voiced concerns about flawed application practices. Current sun-protection hierarchies indicate that protective clothing and shade are better options.
|dc.title||Sunscreen Increasingly Overshadows Alternative Sun-Protection Strategies|
|dcterms.source.title||Journal of Cancer Education|
|curtin.department||School of Psychology and Speech Pathology|
|curtin.accessStatus||Fulltext not available|
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