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revised October 15, 2015
Student Health 2005: Gauging the health of Peel's youth

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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)

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