An individual’s sun seeking behaviour, particularly during childhood and adolescence, is the greatest risk factor for ultraviolet damage. Two or more sunburns as a young person puts most people at risk for skin cancer later in life. This section describes Peel students’ attitudes and beliefs about taking precautions to prevent overexposure to ultraviolet radiation.
- Over half (57%) of all Peel students reported they had been sunburned at some point in the past and most students did not make efforts to regularly protect themselves from ultraviolet radiation.
- Only one-third (33%) of respondents said they always or often stayed out of the sun during peak sun exposure hours (between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. ) while 29% reported they had never or rarely done this.
- Only 15% of students reported they always or often wore sunglasses with UV protection while nearly two-thirds (65%) had never or rarely taken this precaution.
- Only 32% of all students always or often used a protective sunscreen when they had been in the sun while 41% reported they had never or rarely taken this precaution.
Chapter 9 - Sun Safety (PDF 65KB, 9 pages)
Table of Contents:
- Table of Contents (PDF 34KB, 4 pages)
- List of Figures and Tables (PDF 52KB, 17 pages)
- Executive Summary (PDF 57KB, 8 pages)
- Introduction (PDF 31KB, 2 pages)
- Student Health 2005 - Introduction
- Chapter 1 - Student Profile
- Chapter 2 - Eating Habits, Physical Activity and Body Weight
- Chapter 3 - Tobacco, Alcohol, Marijuana and Other Drugs
- Chapter 4 - Bullying and Safety
- Chapter 5 - Mental Health and Self Esteem
- Chapter 6 - Sexual Health
- Chapter 7 - Dental Health
- Chapter 8 - Injuries
- Chapter 9 - Sun Safety
- Data Sources, Methods, and Limitations (PDF 45KB, 4 pages)
- References (PDF 49KB, 8 pages)
- News Release