Publication brief: Sun Exposure and Photoprotection: Habits, Knowledge and Attitudes Among Elite Kitesurfers

Part of our regular work at CUV involves searching peer-review literature for the latest updates on relevant fields, including advances in sun/UV exposure and photoprotection.

A recent trend in dermatology has been to focus on particular groups of individuals who, through shared life experiences, are at higher risk due to exposure, with a natural focus on skin cancer prevention. This piece, from the Journal of Cancer Education, looks at the elite (male) kitesurfing community, finding that the overall awareness of skin cancer risks and photoprotective practices was poor. Digging into the data a little further, it was shown that the majority (68.1%) of those surveyed didn’t like wearing sunscreen and the understanding of relevant prevention levels was equally inadequate.

The abstract is available here.

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