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Sun behaviour and personal UVR exposure among Europeans on short term holidays

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30242 44465 2015 6 PDF Available
Title
Sun behaviour and personal UVR exposure among Europeans on short term holidays
Abstract

•Detailed knowledge of sun behaviour and related UVR exposure during short term holidays.•The impact of sun and ski holidays on personal annual UVR doses.•Significant differences in personal UVR doses received by different nationalities.

Solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) is known to be the main cause of skin cancer, the incidence of which is rising with national differences across Europe. With this observation study we aimed to determine the impact of nationality on sun behaviour and personal UVR exposure on sun and ski holidays. 25 Danish and 20 Spanish sun-seekers were observed during a sun holiday in Spain, and 26 Danish and 27 Austrian skiers were observed during a ski holiday in Austria. The participants recorded their location and clothing in diaries. Personal time-logged UVR data were recorded as standard erythema doses (SEDs) by an electronic UVR dosimeter worn on the wrist. Danish sun-seekers were outdoors for significantly longer, received significant higher percentages of ambient UVR, and received greater accumulated UVR doses than Spanish sun-seekers. Danish skiers were also outdoors for significantly longer than Austrian skiers, but the behaviour of the Danish skiers did not result in significantly greater accumulated UVR doses. Both Danish and Spanish sun-seekers and Danish and Austrian skiers received substantial UVR doses. The behaviour’s influence on the UVR doses received by the Danish participants may indicate an explanation of the higher skin cancer incidence among Scandinavians compared with other European populations.

Keywords
Personal UVR exposure; Sun holiday; Skin cancer; Malignant melanoma
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Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology - Volume 151, October 2015, Pages 264–269
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Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Bioengineering
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