Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
versión impresa ISSN 1413-8123
POPIM, Regina Célia; CORRENTE, José Eduardo; MARINO, Jaqueline Aparecida Geromel y SOUZA, Carolina Arantes de. Skin cancer: use of preventive measures and demographic profile of a risk group in the city of Botucatu. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2008, vol.13, n.4, pp. 1331-1336. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232008000400030.
The aim of this paper was to establish the demographic profile of an at-risk group for skin cancer and to assess the preventive measures taken by the studied individuals and by the employer. The methods chosen was a quantitative study with a sample of 33 mail carriers from the Empresa Brasileira de Correios e Telégrafos in Botucatu, Brazil. Information regarding the demographic profile, how long the individual had been working for the company, hours of sun exposure, history of sunburns, family cancer history and skin cancer prevention strategies used by the company was collected by means of a questionnaire. The data were analyzed using Fisher's Exact Test at a 5% probability. The predominant age groups were 26-30 and 31-35 years corresponding to 42,42%. The predominant skin color was white (93,94%) and 81,82% of the studied individuals were working in the company for over five years. 63,63% of the interviewees use sunscreen habitually; those who do not explain this with a lack of habit (in 75% of the cases). As refers to supply of protective equipment by the company, 100% of the subjects answered positively. These findings allow characterizing the studied population as a skin cancer risk group. Prophylactic measures in form of educational actions for awareness building should be adopted and stimulated.
Palabras llave : Skin cancer; Prevention; Risk group; Demographic profile.