Skin cancer awareness, attitude, and sun protection behavior among medical students at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Academic Article uri icon


  • Sun protection and skin cancer awareness among young adults is vital in the primary prevention of melanoma and sun-induced skin cancers. As future physicians, medical students will play an important role in the primary prevention of skin cancers. Their knowledge and awareness of skin cancer prevention will likely impact the effectiveness of their promotion of sun-smart behavior. Given the sunny location of Miami, Florida, and the high incidence of melanoma in Florida, we surveyed medical students of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (UMMSM) on their sun-protection knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. The questions, along with the survey results, are outlined in Tables 1, 2, 3, and 4 … With approval from the UMMSM institutional review board, we offered a questionnaire made up of validated questions to first- and second-year medical students in October 2007. 1 Nine true or false questions …

publication date

  • January 1, 2010