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Skin Cancer Module: Practice Exercises

Skin Cancer: Module 12
Discussion/Exercise Questions

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Question 1: Describe something you can do to be sun-safe. What things encourage you to do this? (These are called positive forces.) What things discourage you from doing it? (These are called negative forces.)

Answer: Answers can include any of the following:

  • wearing a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher
  • wearing the right hat
  • staying in the shade
  • wearing long-sleeved shirts
  • wearing sunglasses in the summer, etc.

Positive forces may include any of the following:

  • fear of skin cancer
  • sunscreen ads
  • not wanting wrinkled skin
  • not wanting a sunburn
  • hats and hat-wearing are in style
  • shade is available

Negative forces may include any of the following:

  • tanning is in style
  • believing that tans are healthy
  • the tanning salon industry
  • believing that tans make it easier to enjoy outdoor life
  • laziness
  • wanting to show off your body
  • not enough shade
  • cost of sunscreens

 

Question 2: Are the negative forces you described physical or emotional barriers?

Answer: Answers will vary.

 

Question 3: What are some ways to break through these barriers?

Answer: The discussion should include ideas for how individuals can change their habits. It should also cover how to target whole populations (ad campaigns, laws, guidelines, etc.).

 

Question 4: What creates these barriers? Do they come from personal, social, or cultural factors?

Answer: Answers will vary.

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