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Evaluation of a school-based sun safety education program in Reunion Island, 2016–2017

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Background: Sun exposure, especially during childhood, is the main environmental risk factor for skin cancers. This study evaluated the impact of the school-based sun safety education program "Living with the Sun" on the knowledge and behavior of primary school children regarding sun safety in Reunion Island. Methods: This multicenter, comparative intervention study was conducted in selected primary schools of Reunion during the 2016-2017 school year. The intervention consisted of an in-class slide-show presentation on sun safety, a teaching guide, and school trips during which children were offered sunscreen and were requested to wear sunglasses, a T-shirt, and a cap. The children completed a questionnaire before and after the intervention. The percentage of children wearing a cap in school playgrounds at the end of the school year was compared between paired intervention and control schools. Results: Seven hundred children from 7 Reunionese schools completed the questionnaire before and after the intervention. There was a statistically significant improvement in children's knowledge of sun safety, with differences between schools, teachers, school levels, and questionnaire responses. The percentage of children wearing a cap at the end of the school year was significantly higher in intervention schools compared to control schools. Conclusions: Children's knowledge and behavior regarding sun safety improved significantly as a result of the intervention.
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hal-04540806 , version 1 (10-04-2024)

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A. Monié, Maxime Cournot, J. Dumez, J. Miquel, A. Bertolotti, et al.. Evaluation of a school-based sun safety education program in Reunion Island, 2016–2017. Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie, 2023, 150 (3), pp.195-198. ⟨10.1016/j.annder.2023.03.009⟩. ⟨hal-04540806⟩
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