The association between demographic and behavioral characteristics and sunburn among U.S. adults — National Health Interview Survey, 2010⋆
Published Date:Feb 28 2014
Source:Prev Med. 63:6-12.
Aged, 80 And Over
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Pubmed Central ID:PMC4535173
Funding:CC999999/Intramural CDC HHS/United States
To examine the association between demographic and behavioral characteristics and sunburn among U.S. adults.
We used 2010 National Health Interview Survey data (N = 24,970) to conduct multivariable logistic regressions examining associations with having 1 or more sunburns in the past year and having 4 or more sunburns in the past year.
Overall, 37.1% of adults experienced sunburn in the past year. The adjusted prevalence of sunburn was particularly common among adults aged 18–29 years (52.0%), those who repeatedly burn or freckle after 2 weeks in the sun (45.9%), whites (44.3%), indoor tanners (44.1%), those with a family history of melanoma (43.9%), and those who are US-born (39.5%). Physical activity, alcohol consumption, and overweight/obesity were positively associated with sunburn (all P < 0.001); sun protection behaviors were not significantly associated with sunburn (P = 0.35). Among those who were sunburned in the past year, 12.1% experienced 4 or more sunburns.
Sunburn is common, particularly among younger adults, those with a more sun-sensitive skin type, whites, those with a family history of melanoma, the highly physically active, and indoor tanners. Efforts are needed to facilitate sun-safety during outdoor recreation, improve the consistency of sun protection practices, and prevent sunburn, particularly among these subgroups.
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