Occupational sunscreen use among US Hispanic outdoor workers Cancer

Ashley K. Day, Jerod L. Stapleton, Ana M. Natale-Pereira, James S. Goydos, Elliot J. Coups

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Background: Occupational ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure is a risk factor for skin cancer, and Hispanic individuals are over-represented in a number of outdoor occupations (e.g., farming, landscaping). This study examined predictors of occupational sunscreen use in a group of US Hispanic adults who work outdoors. Results: A population-based sample of outdoor workers (n = 149, 85 % male) completed survey measures regarding their demographics, melanoma risk, perceived skin cancer risk, skin cancer knowledge, and their occupational sunscreen use. Sixty-nine percent of the sample reported never or rarely wearing sunscreen while working outdoors. Being female (p =.02), having a higher level of education (p =.03), and residing at a higher latitude (p =.04) were associated with more frequent sunscreen use. Conclusions: This study highlights the importance of interventions to promote sun protection behaviors among US Hispanic outdoor workers, and identifies potential intervention targets.

Original languageEnglish
Article number578
JournalBMC Research Notes
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 17 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by a Cancer Prevention and Control Pilot Award from The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (EJC).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Day et al.


  • Hispanic
  • Outdoor workers
  • Skin cancer
  • Sun protection
  • UVR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (all)


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