Special Issue "Sunbathing Habits and Skin Cancer"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2012).
Interests: skin cancer prevention, and affecting health behaviours, in primary care; photodermatology
The evidence that sunbathing is associated to skin cancer is overwhelming. Cultural differences in the desire of a population to seek out the sun, differs, being more pronounced amongst paler populations in moderate to colder climates. Within a population sun seeking habit varies with age, gender, geographical location and the individual’s perceived risk status influencing behaviour and attitudes. As well as risk groups for skin cancer development such as sun sensitive skin type and familial or individual history of melanoma it is generally accepted that exaggerated sun exposure, most often in the form of recreational exposure such as sun bathing, should be avoided during childhood. Information about risk and methods for reducing sun exposure are keys to changing sun exposure habits and attitudes. Information campaigns need to be factual and effective. Evaluations of the outcome of preventive campaigns, whether they be directed to specific groups or to the general public, need to be performed. When total avoidance of sunlight is not possible (or desired), sunscreens and protective clothing are alternatives in the last line of defence in an activity (sunbathing) which is often enjoyed but is potentially dangerous in the long term. Moving behavioural patterns toward more controlled exposure to light including the small amounts of UV necessary to maintain adequate levels of vitamin-D, is an important public health issue.
Prof. Dr. Christopher David Anderson
Dr. Magnus Falk
- Sun protection behaviour
- Sun exposure habits
- Skin cancer prevention
- Behaviour change
- Risk communication
- Ultraviolet radiation