Effect of childhood and adolescent ultraviolet exposures on cumulative exposure in south east Queensland schools

Parisi, A. V. and Meldrum, L. R. and Wong, J. C. F. and Aitken, J. and Fleming, R. A. (2000) Effect of childhood and adolescent ultraviolet exposures on cumulative exposure in south east Queensland schools. Photodermatology, Photoimmunology and Photomedicine, 16 (1). pp. 19-24. ISSN 0905-4383

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Abstract

Quantitative estimates of the childhood and adolescent erythemal UV exposure received in South East Queensland schools are provided in this paper for age groups 0 to 6, 7 to 12 and 13 to 19 years. For the neck, hand and lower arm, sites of high UV exposure that are generally not covered by clothing, 13 to 19 year olds received the highest exposure of the three age groups, followed by 7 to 12 year olds. Exposure for 13 to 19 year olds contributed up to 44% of cumulative exposure to 20 years, and exposures for the 7 to 12 year olds contributed up to 31%. If the annual UV exposure for these two age groups were reduced to the average of all the age groups, cumulative erythemal UV exposure from 0 to 20 years would be reduced by up to 16%. On the other hand if mothers can protect their babies by reducing the level of annual exposure to 30% of the annual UV exposure of the 7 to 12 year olds for the first four years then cumulative exposure to UV to age 20 would be reduced by up to 19%. These data confirm the importance of targeting young age groups in public campaigns for sun protection.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited according to Publisher's requirements.
Depositing User: Assoc Prof Alfio Parisi
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:34
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2013 01:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: ultraviolet; erythema; dosimetry; non-ionizing; skin cancer
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 02 Physical Sciences > 0299 Other Physical Sciences > 029999 Physical Sciences not elsewhere classified
04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040103 Atmospheric Radiation
02 Physical Sciences > 0299 Other Physical Sciences > 029904 Synchrotrons; Accelerators; Instruments and Techniques
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920117 Skin and Related Disorders
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1034/j.1600-0781.2000.160106.x
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/1084

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