It is known that individuals with Fitzpatrick Phototype I-II experience higher rates of skin cancer compared to those with darker phototypes Bray et al. (2018). However, with the growing concern of climate change, Nguyen et al. (2020) set out to quantify, using a cross-sectional study, skin cancer risk awareness and sun protection practices among dermatological patients in Vietnam, a county which receives high annual levels of solar radiation.
The study revealed that of the 590 dermatological patients ages 18 – 82 surveyed, the use of protective clothing was very high, with 95% of respondents reporting using hats, 90% sunscreen and 86% seeking shade when exposed to the sun. 40% believed they were at risk of skin cancer. The group also examined the effects of gender on attitudes and behavioural trends.
Whilst melanoma skin cancer rates in the South East Asia region are still relatively low, ranking 32nd out of the 35 listed cancer types as listed by the World Health Organization (2018), global incidence of melanoma has been rising over the past 50 years and it is important to gain insight from a broad range of cultures and geographical regions.