A questionnaire survey of attitudes to and usage of sunscreens in northwest England

T. C. Ling, C. Faulkner, Lesley E. Rhodes

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    Abstract

    Background/Purpose: Sunscreens are employed with the aim of reducing the deleterious effects of ultraviolet radiation (UVR), but little is known about their use in the UK. Methods: This questionnaire survey assessed attitudes to and usage of sunscreens in northwest England in 2000. Subjects (186 females and 102 males) were recruited from the waiting rooms of four general practices, with a high response rate of 97%. Results: Females were more frequent users of sunscreens than males, but only 35% females and 8% males reported their regular use. Twenty-two per cent of the study population did not use sunscreens at all, whereas 66% of subjects bought a sunscreen product once a year or less. Thirty-four per cent subjects reported experiencing sunburn in the last 2 years. Interestingly, more (60%) sunburns were found to occur at home in the UK than on holidays abroad, and these frequently occurred during outdoor activities other than deliberate sunbathing. Conclusion: There remains much scope for sunscreen education in the British public.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)98-101
    Number of pages3
    JournalPhotodermatology Photoimmunology and Photomedicine
    Volume19
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2003

    Keywords

    • Education
    • Public
    • Sunscreen

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