A STUDY ON SUN EXPOSURE AND PHOTO-PROTECTION BEHAVIOR OF MEDICAL STUDENTS IN A WESTERN ROMANIAN UNIVERSITY CENTER

Izabel Bota, Roxana Popescu, Caius Solovan

Abstract


A strong association between a nice tanned body and attractiveness has been proven among studies, especially since it has been promoted in an aggressive way in the media. Intermittent sun exposure, artificial or not, sunburn history and sun protection methods are all important factors in the etiology of photo-aging and skin cancers. This study was done in order to observe how medical students protect themselves from the potentially harmful effects of UV rays and explore their tanning habits.

Method: A survey on sun behavior among 335 medical students was conducted. Questions about sunburns, tanning methods, and sun behavior and protection measures were asked. Data was collected directly from the students and then analyzed through the IBM SPSS statistics software. Conclusion: An inadequate participants’ knowledge and behavior of sun exposure and UV radiation is observed in this study, with the exception
of those subjects who required a dermatologist consult. Thus, more aggressive and/or more interactive campaigns to inform and emphasize the importance of protection against UV rays and reduction of the prevalence of sunburn is necessary especially young age groups.

Key words: ultraviolet radiation, UV, photoprotection, sun exposure.

Cite this article:
Izabel Bota, Roxana Popescu, Caius Solovan. A study on sun exposure and photo-protection behavior of medical students in a Western Romanian university center. RoJCED 2017;3(4):138-141.

https://doi.org/10.26574/rojced.2017.4.3.138 

 


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