Special Issue "Sunbathing Habits and Skin Cancer"

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A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2012)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Magnus Falk
Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Linköping University, S-581 85 Linköping, Sweden
E-Mail: magnus.falk@lio.se
Phone: +46 10 1035337
Interests: skin cancer prevention, and affecting health behaviours, in primary care; photodermatology

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Christopher David Anderson
Department of Dermatology, University Hospital, 581 85 Linköping, Sweden
E-Mail: chris.anderson@lio.se
Phone: +46 101031750

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The evidence that sunbathing is associated to skin cancer is overwhelming. Cultural differences in the desire of a population to seek out the sun, differs, being more pronounced amongst paler populations in moderate to colder climates. Within a population sun seeking habit varies with age, gender, geographical location and the individual’s perceived risk status influencing behaviour and attitudes. As well as risk groups for skin cancer development such as sun sensitive skin type and familial or individual history of melanoma it is generally accepted that exaggerated sun exposure, most often in the form of recreational exposure such as sun bathing, should be avoided during childhood. Information about risk and methods for reducing sun exposure are keys to changing sun exposure habits and attitudes. Information campaigns need to be factual and effective. Evaluations of the outcome of preventive campaigns, whether they be directed to specific groups or to the general public, need to be performed. When total avoidance of sunlight is not possible (or desired), sunscreens and protective clothing are alternatives in the last line of defence in an activity (sunbathing) which is often enjoyed but is potentially dangerous in the long term. Moving behavioural patterns toward more controlled exposure to light including the small amounts of UV necessary to maintain adequate levels of vitamin-D, is an important public health issue.

Prof. Dr. Christopher David Anderson
Dr. Magnus Falk
Guest Editors

Keywords

  • Sun protection behaviour
  • Sun exposure habits
  • Skin cancer prevention
  • Behaviour change
  • Risk communication
  • Ultraviolet radiation
  • UV-protection

Published Papers (7 papers)

Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(7), 2386-2395; doi:10.3390/ijerph9072386
Received: 30 April 2012; in revised form: 12 June 2012 / Accepted: 28 June 2012 / Published: 4 July 2012
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(7), 2345-2361; doi:10.3390/ijerph9072345
Received: 4 May 2012; in revised form: 13 June 2012 / Accepted: 20 June 2012 / Published: 2 July 2012
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(6), 2241-2251; doi:10.3390/ijerph9062241
Received: 28 April 2012; in revised form: 25 May 2012 / Accepted: 8 June 2012 / Published: 18 June 2012
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(6), 2121-2133; doi:10.3390/ijerph9062121
Received: 18 April 2012; in revised form: 30 May 2012 / Accepted: 30 May 2012 / Published: 5 June 2012
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(5), 1836-1845; doi:10.3390/ijerph9051836
Received: 16 March 2012; in revised form: 25 April 2012 / Accepted: 2 May 2012 / Published: 10 May 2012
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(3), 916-923; doi:10.3390/ijerph9030916
Received: 25 January 2012; in revised form: 2 March 2012 / Accepted: 5 March 2012 / Published: 15 March 2012
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(2), 362-369; doi:10.3390/ijerph9020362
Received: 10 January 2012; in revised form: 16 January 2012 / Accepted: 17 January 2012 / Published: 25 January 2012
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Last update: 25 February 2014

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