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Vol. 110. Issue 5.
Pages 339 (June 2019)
Vol. 110. Issue 5.
Pages 339 (June 2019)
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DOI: 10.1016/j.adengl.2018.11.023
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SOS: Medical Students Get Sunburn Too
SOS: estudiantes de medicina quemados
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M. de Troya Martín
Área Integrada de Gestión de Dermatología, Hospital Costa del Sol, Marbella, Málaga, Spain
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Changing people's sun exposure habits is now the great challenge in skin cancer prevention. In recent years, numerous studies have been carried out to investigate the psychosocial factors that influence sun exposure and photoprotection behaviors. Although good practices are related to knowledge, it is the individual's attitude to tanning that determines risk behaviors and the frequency of sunburn. The most vulnerable population in this respect is young adults, a group in which the social pressure to be tanned is coupled with the low perception of risk inherent in youth.

Medical students are not immune to these conditioning factors and, despite their medical training, they tend to exhibit the same behaviors and sunburn rates as other young people of the same age. This was shown by a recent study carried out at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.1

The findings of that study lead us to reflect on this group of young people as a particularly appropriate population for a strategic intervention aimed at improving sun exposure habits and attitudes. Such an intervention would be beneficial not only in terms of reducing the risk of skin cancer among the individuals targeted but also because of the influence these future doctors may have on those around them. Making medical students aware of their role as social influencers and actively involving them in awareness campaigns aimed at the general population, could lead them to change their own perception of sun exposure and the way they themselves relate to the sun.

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S. Ponce, A. Jódar, L. Borrego, P. Saavedra.
Comportamientos, actitudes y conocimientos relacionados con la exposición solar en estudiantes de medicina de la Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Actas Dermosifilogr, (2019),

Please cite this article as: Troya Martín Md. SOS: estudiantes de medicina quemados. Actas Dermosifiliogr. 2019;110:339.

Copyright © 2018. Elsevier España, S.L.U. and AEDV
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