Journal of Community Health

, Volume 42, Issue 4, pp 757–762 | Cite as

Attitudes and Behaviors Related to Sun-Safety in College Students

  • Corey H. BaschEmail author
  • Valerie Cadorett
  • Sarah A. MacLean
  • Grace C. Hillyer
  • William D. Kernan
Original Paper


The purpose of this study was to determine the level of sun safe behaviors, as well as to measure knowledge and attitudes toward being tan in a sample of college students. The sample was comprised of 315 college students attending a personal health course. During Fall of 2016, a survey was distributed to assess knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of university students regarding skin cancer related behaviors. Students with a friend or family member with skin cancer more often reported thinking that they were at risk for developing skin cancer (48.6 vs. 21.2%, p < 0.001). Despite this opinion, they more often sunbathed (p = 0.008) and had a sunburn (p < 0.001) in the past year. Being in a health-related major did not significantly impact attitudes or behaviors. Future studies can focus further on raising awareness about skin cancer, specifically in college aged populations.


Skin cancer Skin protection Sun safety 


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Conflicts of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Corey H. Basch
    • 1
    Email author
  • Valerie Cadorett
    • 1
  • Sarah A. MacLean
    • 2
  • Grace C. Hillyer
    • 2
  • William D. Kernan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Public Health William Paterson UniversityWayneUSA
  2. 2.Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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