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Journal of Skin Cancer
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 629652, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/629652
Research Article

Sun-Protection Habits of Primary Students in a Coastal Area of Greece

1General Hospital of Korinthos, 33 Sina Street, 20100 Corinth, Greece
2School of Medicine, University of Thessaly, 41222 Larissa, Greece
3Faculty of Nursing, National and Kapodistrian, University of Athens, 11527 Athens, Greece
4Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Peloponnese, 20100 Corinth, Greece

Received 6 June 2012; Revised 23 August 2012; Accepted 3 September 2012

Academic Editor: Gunther Hofbauer

Copyright © 2012 M. Saridi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Aim. The aim of the present study was to record habits and attitudes of primary school students in Greece regarding sun-protection measures. Materials and Methods. 2,163 students with an average age of 9.9 ( ) years, studying in 14 schools of a Greek region, constituted our sample. The SPSS 17.0 software was used for the statistical analysis and significance level was set to . Results. Our sample had an equal gender distribution. 16% of the students belonged to the high-risk group, 70.2% of the participants lived 0–5 km away from the sea (urban area), 84.2% of the students were Greek, and 15.8% had non-Greek nationality. Half of the participants said they wear a hat when under the sun and 72% of them said they use sunscreen. 33.1% of the students said they had a sunburn last summer. Greek students as well as those who lived near the sea had better behaviour patterns regarding sun protection. Finally, children who did not use a sunscreen systematically had suffered sunburns more often than the rest. Conclusions. Health education programmes are necessary for students and parents/teachers alike, in order to raise awareness about everyday sun protection.