Occupational sunscreen use among US Hispanic outdoor workers Cancer

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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.

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Day, A. K., Stapleton, J. L., Natale-Pereira, A. M., Goydos, J. S., & Coups, E. J. (2015). Occupational sunscreen use among US Hispanic outdoor workers Cancer. BMC Research Notes, 8(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-015-1558-1

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