Beach holiday sunburn: The sunscreen paradox and gender differences

Edward M. McCarthy, Kristen P. Ethridge, Richard F. Wagner

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A survey about sunbathing practices was performed on a summer holiday weekend at a Galveston beach. The likelihood of sunburn increased with increasing duration of sun exposure, with 100% of subjects experiencing sunburn after exposure ≥ 4.5 hours. Men exhibited a significantly higher frequency of sunburn, employed fewer sun-protective measures, and demonstrated less knowledge concerning sun safety information and skin cancer than women. This information suggests a need for greater educational efforts directed toward changing public attitudes about preventing sunburn, especially those of men, that currently lead to high-risk sunbathing behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-42
Number of pages6
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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