2018 Student Research Conference:
31st Annual Student Research Conference

Students' Perceptions of Skin Care at Truman State University


Courtney N. West*, Allison N. Dougherty, Rachael N. Reckamp, and Kimberly A. Williams
Dr. Janice Clark, Faculty Mentor

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation (2017), 90% of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from the sun. The purpose of this research was to evaluate Truman State University student’s knowledge, perceptions, and behaviors regarding sun protection behaviors. An IRB-approved survey was administered to 545 Truman students. Respondents had healthy perceptions towards sun exposure and were knowledgeable about the UVR dangers. Although students had healthy sun protection attitudes and awareness of best practices, they did not report acting on these practices. Truman respondents’ behaviors did not align with guidelines set by the American Academy of Dermatology.

Skin Health Awareness Week 2018 will include tabling events distributing sunscreen, SPF lip balm, and sunglasses as prevention education before midterm break. Additionally, a dermatologist will present to students about the dangers of unprotected UVR exposure and explain ways to protect themselves from skin cancers. 

Keywords: Skin Health, Skin Cancers, UVR Dangers, Sun Protection

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 408-1
Location: VH 1212
Time: 2:30

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