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Type: Journal article
Title: The role of skin cancer knowledge in sun-related behaviours: a systematic review
Author: Day, A.
Wilson, C.
Hutchinson, A.
Roberts, R.
Citation: Journal of Health Psychology, 2014; 19(9):1143-1162
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 1359-1053
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Ashley K Day, Carlene J Wilson, Amanda D Hutchinson, Rachel M Roberts
Abstract: Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in many Western countries. This systematic review provides a comprehensive overview of the relationship between skin cancer knowledge and sun-protective, exposure and tanning behaviours in the general population. A total of 34 studies, published in peer-reviewed journals over three decades, were reviewed and synthesised. Sun-protective behaviour was positively associated with skin cancer knowledge in most cases. Findings were inconsistent regarding other sun-related behaviours. Heterogeneity in measurement compromised the capacity to definitively link knowledge and sun-related behaviours. There is a need for development and utilisation of a standardised skin cancer knowledge scale, and guidelines are suggested.
Keywords: cancer
health behaviour
health education
health promotion
systematic review
Rights: © The Author(s) 2013
DOI: 10.1177/1359105313485483
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