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Victorian farmers’ and other rural outdoor workers’ skin cancer prevention knowledge and practices


Makin, JK and Dobbinson, S and Doyle, C, Victorian farmers' and other rural outdoor workers' skin cancer prevention knowledge and practices, Journal of Occupational Health and Safety - Australia and New Zealand, 25, (2) pp. 115-121. ISSN 0815-6409 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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Farmers and other rural outdoor workers are a high-risk group for skin cancer. This study aimed to describe the skin cancer prevention knowledge and practices of farmers and other rural outdoor workers in the Wimmera and Gippsland regions of Victoria. In total, 366 farmers and 140 other rural outdoor workers completed questionnaires at agricultural field days. Most respondents believed that they were at risk of developing skin cancer and had high levels of knowledge regarding the issue, yet farmers’ prevention practices were less than optimal (particularly in terms of the low percentages reporting usually or always using sunscreen (21%) and wearing long-sleeved shirts (20%)). A targeted campaign could focus on overcoming the barriers to using sun protection specific to the farming profession (in particular, to encourage farmers and other rural outdoor workers to wear sun protective clothing where it is practical and safe, and to incorporate sunscreen use into their daily routine).

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:UV radiation, skin cancer, sun protection, sunburn
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and health
UTAS Author:Makin, JK (Ms Jen Makin)
ID Code:103579
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2015-10-16
Last Modified:2016-11-01

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