Skin Cancer Risk Factors and Sun Protection Behaviors of Nursing and Classroom Teaching Students

Abstract

Author(s): Seda Kurt*

This study was planned to determine the nursing and classroom teaching students' skin cancer risk factors and sun protection behaviors. This study; it was carried out with students attending Nursing (n = 495) and Classroom Teaching (n = 244) in the 2018-2019 academic year (n = 739). The research data were obtained through a questionnaire consisting of students' personal characteristics, skin cancer risk factors and sun protection questions. In the study, 37.9% of the students stated that they had light skin color, 88.5% of them had mole, and 70.4% of them had sunspot. It was determined that 26% of the students used protective cream between 10-16 hours and 29.5% of them did not sunbathe on the beach. It was found statistically significant that light-skinned students were more sunbathing between 10-16 hours, students who were trained for sun protection and skin cancer risk factors more used protective cream, and that nursing department students more consumed water than students in primary school teaching department (p <0. 05). It was determined that the students have specific skin cancer risk factors (being light skin, mole, sunspot, etc.) and the measures to prevent skin cancer were inadequate.

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