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QuickStats: Percentage of Teens Aged 14--17 Years Who Had a Sunburn* During the Preceding 12 Months,† by Race/Ethnicity§ --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2010¶

The figure shows the percentage of teens aged 14-17 years who had sunburn during the preceding 12 months, by race/ethnicity in the United States in 2010, according to the National Health Interview Survey. In 2010, approximately one third of U.S. teens aged 14-17 years had a sunburn during the preceding 12 months. One half of non-Hispanic white teens had a sunburn during the preceding 12 months and were more than twice as likely as Hispanic (22%) and non-Hispanic Asian teens (18%) and approximately seven times as likely as non-Hispanic black teens (7%) to have had a sunburn during that period.

* Sunburn is defined as even a small part of the skin turning red or hurting for ≥12 hours. Burns from sunlamps and other indoor tanning devices are included.

Based on an affirmative response to the question, "During the past 12 months, has [child] had a sunburn?"

§ Persons of Hispanic ethnicity might be of any race or combination of races. Non-Hispanic persons of a single race other than those shown or of multiple races are not shown separately because of small sample sizes but are included in the total.

Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. population and are derived from the National Health Interview Survey sample child component.

** 95% confidence interval.

In 2010, approximately one third of U.S. teens aged 14--17 years had a sunburn during the preceding 12 months. One half of non-Hispanic white teens had a sunburn during the preceding 12 months and were more than twice as likely as Hispanic (22%) and non-Hispanic Asian teens (18%) and approximately seven times as likely as non-Hispanic black teens (7%) to have had a sunburn during that period.

Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2010 data. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the percentage of teens aged 14-17 years who had sunburn during the preceding 12 months, by race/ethnicity in the United States in 2010, according to the National Health Interview Survey. In 2010, approximately one third of U.S. teens aged 14-17 years had a sunburn during the preceding 12 months. One half of non-Hispanic white teens had a sunburn during the preceding 12 months and were more than twice as likely as Hispanic (22%) and non-Hispanic Asian teens (18%) and approximately seven times as likely as non-Hispanic black teens (7%) to have had a sunburn during that period.



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