Beach holiday sunburn: the sunscreen paradox and gender differences

Cutis. 1999 Jul;64(1):37-42.


A survey about sunbathing practices was performed on a summer holiday weekend at a Galveston beach. The likelihood of sunburn increased with increasing duration of sun exposure, with 100% of subjects experiencing sunburn after exposure > or = 4.5 hours. Men exhibited a significantly higher frequency of sunburn, employed fewer sun-protective measures, and demonstrated less knowledge concerning sun safety information and skin cancer than women. This information suggests a need for greater educational efforts directed toward changing public attitudes about preventing sunburn, especially those of men, that currently lead to high-risk sunbathing behavior.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health
  • Female
  • Health Education
  • Heliotherapy / adverse effects*
  • Holidays
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms, Radiation-Induced / prevention & control
  • Sex Factors
  • Skin Neoplasms / prevention & control
  • Sunburn / prevention & control*
  • Sunscreening Agents / therapeutic use
  • Ultraviolet Rays / adverse effects


  • Sunscreening Agents