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Use of skin-cancer prevention strategies among farmers and their spouses.
Rosenman KD; Gardiner J; Swanson GM; Mullan P; Zhu Z
Am J Prev Med 1995 Sep; 11(5):342-347
A study was conducted on the use of skin cancer protection by farmers and their spouses. Randomly selected farmers and their spouses responded to a questionnaire regarding demographics, use of health care services, knowledge of sources of information on health issues including skin cancer, skin cancer prevention strategies, exposures on the farm, and the use of other medical preventive measures. Over 89% of the respondents reported having had a physical examination during the past 3 years and 28.4% reported having had their skin checked for cancer. The majority of those who had had a skin exam reported having done so due to a specific skin problem. A vast majority of respondents reported being aware that early detection of skin cancer increased the chance of being cured. Men were more likely not to use skin protection compared with women; however, an increase in the use of skin protection was reported by both sexes among those who had previously had skin cancer. Statistical analysis revealed that the likelihood of using skin protection was influenced by age and history of skin cancer in both sexes plus high income in females. The authors conclude that farmers and their spouses need to increase their use of skin protection.
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Cooperative-Agreement; Skin-cancer; Agricultural-workers; Skin-exposure; Skin-protection; Medical-examinations
Cooperative Agreement; Agriculture
Issue of Publication
American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
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