Seven-year trends in sun protection and sunburn among Australian adolescents and adults
Angela Volkov, Suzanne Dobbinson, Melanie Wakefield, Terry Slevin
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health | WILEY | Published : 2013
AIMS: To examine the change in sun protective behaviours and sunburn of Australians over a seven-year period, in the context of sustained skin cancer prevention campaigns and programs. METHODS: Weekly cross-sectional telephone interviews of Australians were conducted throughout summer in 2010/11 for comparison with 2003/04 and 2006/07. In 2010/11, n=1,367 adolescents (12-17 years) and n=5,412 adults (18-69 years) were interviewed about their sun-related attitudes, weekend sun protection and sunburn. Multivariate analyses adjusted for key demographics, temperature, cloud, wind and ultraviolet radiation (UVR) to assess change in outcomes over time. RESULTS: There were consistent improvements i..View full abstract
The State and Territory cancer councils, the Australian government Department of Health and Aging and the National Cancer Control Initiative funded the 2003/04 survey; Cancer Council Australia and Cancer Australia funded 2006/07 survey; and Cancer Council Australia funded the study in 2010/11.