Knowledge and perceptions about sunburn and solar keratoses in Australia

Raasch, Beverley A., and Buttner, Petra G. (2008) Knowledge and perceptions about sunburn and solar keratoses in Australia. Australasian Journal of Dermatology, 49 (3). pp. 142-147.

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An omnibus telephone survey of 1200 adult Australians determined self-reported prevalence of and attitudes to sunburn and sunspots, knowledge of the term solar keratosis and prevalence of skin checks. Half reported they had been sunburnt in the previous year. Seventy-eight per cent considered sunburn to be extremely or very serious, while 73% considered sunspots as serious or very serious. While 29% reported currently having sunspots, 69% had never heard of the term solar keratosis, 30% had never had a skin check and 28% had their last skin check more than 12 months ago. Respondents 18–29 years old (odds ration [OR] = 2.6; P = 0.002) and men (OR = 2.4; P < 0.001) were most likely to experience multiple sunburn. Persons living in capital cities (OR = 0.63; P = 0.006) and having a university degree (OR = 0.52; P = 0.001) had reduced OR for multiple sunburns. Men (OR = 0.45; P < 0.001) were less likely to consider sunburn serious or extremely serious than women. Compared with respondents 18–29 years old, those 55 years or older were 7.4-fold more likely to have had a skin check (P < 0.001). Sun-protection campaigns need to continue using evidence-based interventions targeting younger people and men to reduce sunburn. The terms used in health promotion need to be understood by the target audience.

Item ID: 5846
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-0960
Keywords: actinic keratosis; omnibus telephone survey; skin checks; sunspots
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2009 23:16
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110304 Dermatology @ 95%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111712 Health Promotion @ 5%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920117 Skin and Related Disorders @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health @ 50%
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