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Prev Chronic Dis. 2014 Aug 21;11:E144. doi: 10.5888/pcd11.140191.

Use of sunscreen and indoor tanning devices among a nationally representative sample of high school students, 2001-2011.

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  • 1Department of Public Health, William Paterson University, Wing 150, Wayne, NJ 07470. E-mail: baschc@wpunj.edu.
  • 2Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York.
  • 3Center for Health Informatics and Bioinformatics, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, New York.

Abstract

Adolescents are particularly vulnerable to engaging in poor skin-protection behaviors. The objective of this study was to examine use of sunscreen and indoor tanning devices among a nationally representative sample of high school students during a 10-year period (2001-2011) using data from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System. The percentage of youth who reported using sunscreen declined from 67.7% in 2001 to 56.1% in 2011. The prevalence of using indoor tanning devices was highest among white females: 37.4% in 2009 and 29.3% in 2011. These findings indicate the need for prevention efforts aimed at adolescents to reduce risks for skin cancer.

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PMC4149322
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