Journal article

Think UV, not heat!

Celestine C Wong, Wenyuan Liu, Peter Gies, Rosemary Nixon

AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world, a preventable disease caused primarily by exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) in sunlight. Health promotion strategies play a significant role in sun protection. OBJECTIVES: To assess the understanding of a population sample as to the time of year that the sun was 'at its most burning' in Melbourne, Australia. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed using questionnaires completed at corporate skin checks, conducted on 668 participants during 2011 to 2013. RESULTS: Only a minority (n = 82, 12%) gave the correct theoretical answer; the summer solstice or 21-22 December, while another 38% (n = 254) correctly..

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