Sunburn and sun protective behaviors among adults aged 18-29 years - United States, 2000-2010

Article · May 2012
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Ultraviolet radiation exposure through natural sunlight or tanning lamps is a risk factor for skin cancer. OBJECTIVE: As the media can influence behavior, we studied whether watching reality television (TV) beauty shows is associated with tanning lamp use or outdoor tanning. METHODS: College students (n = 576) were surveyed on their reality TV beauty show watching, their use of tanning lamps, and outdoor tanning behavior. We asked media attitude questions about connectivity with reality TV shows and Internet use of Facebook to discuss reality TV shows. RESULTS: Those who did versus did not watch reality TV beauty shows used tanning lamps (12.9% vs 3.7%, P < .001) and tanned outdoors (43.3% vs 28.7%, P < .001) at significantly greater percentages. Significant predictors of tanning lamp use included watching reality TV beauty shows (odds ratio [OR] 2.58, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.11-6.00), increasing age (OR 1.17, 95% CI 1.04-1.32), and female sex (OR 10.16, 95% CI 3.29-31.41). Significant predictors of outdoor tanning included watching reality TV beauty shows (OR 2.11, 95% CI 1.33-3.34). LIMITATIONS: The specific names of the reality TV beauty shows watched were not obtained and therefore we cannot determine if particular shows were more or less associated with this behavior. CONCLUSION: Watching reality TV beauty shows is associated with both tanning lamp use and outdoor tanning. Dermatologists should consider discussing the potential harmful aspects of tanning beds and outdoor tanning, especially with their patients who watch reality TV beauty shows.
    Article · Dec 2012
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To assess the current frequency of sunburn, a preventable risk factor for skin cancer, among Queensland adults. Design and setting: Cross-sectional population-based surveys of 16 473 residents aged ≥ 18 2013s across Queensland in 2009 and 2010. Proportion of the adult population reporting sunburn (skin reddening lasting 12 hours or more) during the previous weekend, by age, sex and other risk factors. Results: One in eight men and one in 12 women in Queensland reported being sunburnt on the previous weekend. Age up to 65 2013s was the strongest predictor of sunburn: eg, people aged 18-24 2013s were seven times more likely (adjusted odds ratio [OR], 7.35; 95% CI, 5.09-10.62) and those aged 35-44 2013s were five times more likely (adjusted OR, 5.22) to report sunburn compared with those aged ≥ 65 2013s. Not having a tertiary education and being in the workforce were also significantly associated with sunburn. Those who had undertaken any physical activity the previous week were more likely to be sunburnt than those who were physically inactive. Sunburn was significantly less likely among people who generally took sun-protective measures in summer. Sunburn was not related to location of residence, socioeconomic disadvantage, skin colour, body weight or current smoking status. Sunburn remains a public health problem among Queensland residents, especially those under 45 2013s of age. Sun-safe habits reduce sunburn risk, but advice must be integrated with health promotion messages regarding physical activity to reduce the skin cancer burden while maintaining active wellbeing.
    Full-text · Article · May 2013
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To explore childhood ultraviolet radiation exposure and skin carcinogenesis, review prevention practices, analyze indoor tanning trends, identify skin cancer prevention programs, and address the role of the oncology nurse in youth-focused community initiatives. Review of the literature, research, and experience. Skin cancer is an important health problem for children because it is initiated in childhood and melanoma is on the rise in this population. Nurses can play a pivotal role in reducing the burden of skin cancer through patient education, community outreach, and political action.
    Article · Aug 2013
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