Long-term increase in sunscreen use in an Australian community after a skin cancer prevention trial

van der Pols, Jolieke, C., Williams, Gail M., Neale, Rachel E., Clavarino, Alexandra and Green, Adele C. (2006) Long-term increase in sunscreen use in an Australian community after a skin cancer prevention trial. Preventive Medicine, 42 3: 171-176. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2005.10.007

Author van der Pols, Jolieke, C.
Williams, Gail M.
Neale, Rachel E.
Clavarino, Alexandra
Green, Adele C.
Title Long-term increase in sunscreen use in an Australian community after a skin cancer prevention trial
Journal name Preventive Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0091-7435
Publication date 2006-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ypmed.2005.10.007
Volume 42
Issue 3
Start page 171
End page 176
Total pages 6
Editor A. Morabia
Place of publication San Diego
Publisher Academic Press Inc Elsevier Science
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
321202 Epidemiology
730117 Skin and related disorders
111706 Epidemiology
1117 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract Background. Given the public health burden of skin cancer in white populations, an increase in sun protective behavior is needed. In a highrisk community, we assessed long-term Sunscreen use among people who had participated in a randomized trial of daily Sunscreen application for prevention of skin cancer. Methods. In 1992, 1621 residents of the subtropical Australian township of Nambour were randomly allocated to either daily or discretionary sunscreen use until 1996. From 1997 to 2002, we monitored by questionnaires their ongoing sunscreen use. Results. People who had never or irregularly used sunscreen when in summer sun before the trial were more likely (P < 0.0001) to be sustaining regular application especially to their face (20% vs. 11%) and forearms (14% vs. 5%) if they had been allocated to daily, not discretionary, use of sunscreen for 5 years. Conclusions. Regular voluntary sunscreen use for skin cancer prevention can be sustained by sun-sensitive people in the long term. Habit formation appears to be an important goal for sun protection programs among those living, or on vacation, in sunny places. (c) 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Keyword Sunscreening Agents
Primary Prevention
Follow-lip Studies
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Medicine, General & Internal
Randomized Controlled-trial
Sun Protection Behaviors
Q-Index Code C1

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