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Teens teach skin cancer prevention.

Authors
Reding-DJ; Fischer-V; Gunderson-P; Lappe-K; Anderson-H; Calvert-G
Source
J Rural Health 1996 Dec; 12(S4):265-272
NIOSHTIC No.
20037723
Abstract
Cumulative sun exposure has been linked to about 95 percent of all skin cancers. Farmers and their families, by nature of their occupations, are exposed to an abundance of sun over a long period of time and, therefore, are at an increased risk for skin cancer. Because education is known to be a primary means of health, Future Farmers of America (FFA) peer facilitators (teen educators) provided third graders in rural communities sun protection education with the hope that the message would reach the entire family. The FFA facilitators (n=227) from 39 FFA organizations throughout Wisconsin were trained with skin cancer and sun protection information. The FFA facilitators then gave presentations on sun protection to third graders (n=2,007) in their school districts. Control schools included 57 facilitators and 669 third graders. Evaluation involved pre-, post-, and six-month follow-up surveys testing knowledge gained by the third graders. Students who correctly responded to a question on the post-survey after incorrectly answering it on the pre-survey were said to have had a knowledge gain for that question. By using chi-square tests, the intervention group demonstrated a statistically significant (P
Keywords
Agricultural-workers; Age-groups; Teaching; Cancer; Skin-cancer; Farmers; Education; Disease-prevention; Families; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Sunburns; Sunscreening-agents; Behavior; Health-surveys; Questionnaires
Contact
Douglas I. Reding, MD, FACP, Oncologist Hematologist, Marshfeld Clinic, 1000 N. Oak Ave., Marshfeld, WI 54449
Publication Date
19961201
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1997
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U03-CCU-506135
ISSN
0890-765X
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
The Journal of Rural Health
State
WI; OH
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