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Major shortcomings in efforts to prevent skin cancer in minority communities include increased incidence of melanoma and higher rates of mortality.1 Culture, socioeconomic factors, knowledge and awareness of skin cancer, and perceived risk may account for these disparities.2 Limited studies of sun protective practices in caregivers of black and Hispanic children exist.3,4 We compare black, Hispanic white, and non-Hispanic white caregivers’ behaviors, motivations, and barriers to sun protection in children aged 4 to 12 years in Miami, Florida. This information is imperative to understanding family-based factors that can lead to lifelong, habitual sun safety behaviors.
Shah VV, Jacobsen AA, Mlacker S, Aldahan AS, Carcioppolo N, Bray FN, Nouri K. Black and Hispanic Caregivers’ Behaviors, Motivations, and Barriers to Sun Protection in Children Aged 4 to 12 Years in Miami, Florida. JAMA Dermatol. Published online October 05, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.3505