Trends in skin cancer knowledge, sun protection practices and behaviours in the Northern Ireland population

A. Gavin, D. Donnelly, R. Boyle, C. Donnelly, S. Gordon, G. McElwee, A. O'Hagan

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Abstract

Background: Sun exposure increases risk of skin cancer, especially melanoma, incidence of which continues to rise. Reported skin cancer knowledge and trends in sun care behaviours are documented in a UK region where there has been 20 years of sun-related health promotion campaigns. Methods: In 2000, 2004 and 2008, a 'care in the sun' module was included in the Northern Ireland (NI) Omnibus survey. Randomly selected subjects were asked to complete a sun-related questionnaire and proportions of respondents analysed by demographic and socio-economic factors, with differences tested using z-tests and the chi-squared test. Results: Around 3623 persons responded. Skin cancer knowledge was high (97). Sun avoidance decreased with time and was lowest among younger age groups and males. Sunscreen use was high (70), unchanged over 8 years, and more likely among younger age groups, females, those in paid employment, and those with tertiary level education. Use of sunscreen with minimum Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 15 (a campaign message) increased from 45 to 70 (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)408-412
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean journal of public health
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jun 2012

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