Counseling About Skin Cancer Prevention Among Adolescents: What Do Parents Receive From Health Care Providers?

Annie Laurie McRee, Darren Mays, Melanie L. Kornides, Melissa B. Gilkey

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Abstract

Purpose Adolescence is a high-risk period for ultraviolet radiation exposure, a primary cause of skin cancer later in life. We sought to characterize receipt of health care provider-delivered counseling about skin cancer prevention (SCP) among parents of adolescents. Methods In 2016, we conducted an online survey with a national sample of parents of adolescents aged 11–17 years (n = 1,253). Multivariable logistic regression assessed correlates of receiving counseling from a health care provider about any of the six skin cancer prevention (SCP) topics. Results Only half (49%) of parents recalled discussing any SCP topic with their child's provider; the prevalence was highest for sunscreen (39%) and lowest for indoor tanning (3%). Parents had greater odds of receiving counseling if they had a child with more sun-reactive skin (odds ratio [OR] = 1.53); a family history of skin cancer (OR = 1.38); or a higher quality relationship with the provider (OR = 1.47; all p <.05). Conclusions Greater attention to SCP counseling is needed, especially for exposures such as indoor tanning that remain prevalent among adolescents but are rarely addressed in clinical encounters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)533-536
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Volume61
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2017

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Anticipatory guidance
  • Preventive services
  • Skin cancer

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