Comportamento relativo à exposição e proteção solar na população de 15 anos ou mais de 15 capitais brasileiras e Distrito Federal, 2002-2003

Translated title of the contribution: Behaviors related to sunlight exposure versus protection in a random population sample from 15 Brazilian State capitals and the Federal District, 2002-2003

André Salem Szklo, Liz Maria De Almeida, Valeska Figueiredo, José De Azevedo Lozana, Gulnar Azevedo E.Silva Mendonça, Lenildo De Moura, Moysés Szklo

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This article examines region-specific relations between prevalence of protection against sunlight and socio-demographic and behavioral variables in Brazil. Data were derived from a cross-sectional population-based random sample. Information on sunlight exposure was available for a total of 16,999 individuals 15 years and older. Comparing the North and South of Brazil, crude differences between women and men in the use of "sunscreen" and "protective headwear" were +10.9% (95%CI: 7.1; 14.6) and -11.6% (95%CI: -17.0; -6.3) in the North and +21.3% (95%CI: 17.7; 24.9) and -16.0% (95%CI: -20.2; -12.5) in the South. Adjusted differences by selected variables confirmed that women use more sunscreen protection and less headwear protection as compared to men in both the North and South, but the difference was not homogeneous by region (interaction term p value < 0.05).

Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)823-834
Number of pages12
JournalCadernos de saude publica
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2007



  • Gender
  • Sunlight
  • Sunscreening agents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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