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In Brief: Sun exposure attitudes

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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Sun exposure attitudes: Fifty-four percent of respondents to an American Academy of Dermatology survey said they use sunblock or sunscreen, compared to 35% a decade ago, according to a study conducted by June Robinson, MD, Northwestern University Medical School, et al. for the AAD and published in the August issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. The study, which compares responses from a 1986 AAD survey in 1,012 subjects with those from a 1996 survey in 1,000 subjects, was designed to measure the increase in skin cancer awareness and changing attitudes and behaviors regarding the sun over the past 10 years. Of subjects using sun protection, 42% use sunscreens, 39% "seek shade" and 32% wear a hat. Eighteen percent of the respondents use a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. The researchers also found that 56% of respondents thought they look more healthy with a tan, a decrease from 66% in 1986. However, 54% of participants said they had experienced "at least one sunburn," compared to 35% a decade ago...
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