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Type: Journal article
Title: Occupational sunscreen use among US Hispanic outdoor workers
Author: Day, A.
Stapleton, J.
Natale-Pereira, A.
Goydos, J.
Coups, E.
Citation: BMC Research Notes, 2015; 8(1):578-1-578-5
Publisher: BioMed Central
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 1756-0500
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Ashley K. Day, Jerod L. Stapleton, Ana M. Natale‑Pereira, James S. Goydos and Elliot J. Coups
Abstract: Background: Occupational ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure is a risk factor for skin cancer, and Hispanic individuals are over-represented in a number of outdoor occupations (e.g., farming, landscaping). This study examined predictors of occupational sunscreen use in a group of US Hispanic adults who work outdoors. Results: A population-based sample of outdoor workers (n = 149, 85 % male) completed survey measures regarding their demographics, melanoma risk, perceived skin cancer risk, skin cancer knowledge, and their occupational sunscreen use. Sixty-nine percent of the sample reported never or rarely wearing sunscreen while working outdoors. Being female (p = .02), having a higher level of education (p = .03), and residing at a higher latitude (p = .04) were associated with more frequent sunscreen use. Conclusions: This study highlights the importance of interventions to promote sun protection behaviors among US Hispanic outdoor workers, and identifies potential intervention targets.
Keywords: Sun protection; skin cancer; Hispanic; outdoor workers; UVR
Rights: © 2015 Day et al. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver ( zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
DOI: 10.1186/s13104-015-1558-1
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