Skin Cancer Prevention, Tanning and Vitamin D: a Content Analysis of Print Media in Germany and Switzerland

Reinau, Daphne and Meier, Christoph R. and Blumenthal, Ralf and Surber, Christian. (2016) Skin Cancer Prevention, Tanning and Vitamin D: a Content Analysis of Print Media in Germany and Switzerland. Dermatology, 232 (1). pp. 2-10.

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Print media are a major source of health information.; To analyse press coverage related to skin cancer prevention.; We conducted a content analysis of print media articles pertaining to skin cancer prevention, solaria and vitamin D published in Germany and Switzerland over a 1-year period between 2012 and 2013.; Overall, 2,103 articles were analysed. Applying sunscreen was by far the most common sun protection recommendation. A considerable number of articles on solaria and vitamin D advocated exposure to ultraviolet radiation to enhance physical appearance and vitamin D photosynthesis, often without mentioning any precaution measures. In total, 26.8% of the articles contained misleading or erroneous statements mostly related to sunscreen use and vitamin D issues.; Print media can serve as powerful education tools to foster skin cancer prevention. However, misleading or erroneous reports may negatively impact sun-safe behaviour. © 2015 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Pharmazeutische Wissenschaften > Pharmazie > Klinische Pharmazie/Spitalpharmazie (Meier)
UniBasel Contributors:Meier, Christoph R. and Surber, Christian and Reinau, Daphne
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Deposited On:20 Sep 2016 09:19

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