Original Article

IJMDC. 2019; 3(4): 389-394

Awareness of Sun Exposure and use of sunscreen among adults in Saudi Arabia, 2018

Authors: Fahad Khaled Alsudairy, Tariq Ibrahim Alharbi, Alya Bakr Qadi, Sarah Mohammed Almutairi, Hadeel Hussein Asiree.

ABSTRACT

Background: Sunlight exposures for a longer period cause some pathogenic effects which, in turn, may cause skin cancer. There are many ways known to protect the skin from the harmful effect of the sun including the sunscreen. This study was conducted with the aim of evaluating the awareness of sun exposure and the use of sunscreen among adults in Saudi Arabia. This study also focused on evaluating the participantsí sun protective practices and attitudes. Methodology: A cross-sectional study was conducted among the general population of Saudi Arabia using a self-administered questionnaire. Results: This study involved 500 participants of different age brackets. The results of the study indicated that 49.6% of the population knew the fact that sun exposure causes skin cancer. In addition, 45.5% of the participants agreed that skin cancer could result in death; however, the other 46% were not sure of the effects of skin cancer whether it could cause death. On the effects of sun exposure, 74.3% of the study participants agreed that sun causes aging. The study participants were found to be using different methods of minimizing exposure such as the regular use of head cover (54.7%), face cover (41.3%), long sleeved clothes (46.5%), and even staying in shades (42.9%). Other methods included the use of sunglasses (36%) and umbrella (14.7%). Conclusion: This study indicated that there was an average awareness of sun exposure and the underlying effects. In addition, a good proportion of the population outlines measures to reduce exposure to sunlight by, for example, wearing sunglasses. However, the use of sunscreen is low among the population regardless of the knowledge of the effects of sun exposure.

Keywords:
sun exposure, knowledge, sunscreen, Saudi Arabia


';
Awareness of Sun Exposure and use of sunscreen among adults in Saudi Arabia, 2018


Authors
Fahad Khaled Alsudairy
Consultant Dermatologist and Dermatological Surgeon, Prince Sultan Medical Military City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Almaarefa University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
PubMed articlesGoogle scholar articles

Tariq Ibrahim Alharbi
Medical Intern, Almaarefa University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
PubMed articlesGoogle scholar articles

Alya Bakr Qadi
Medical University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland
PubMed articlesGoogle scholar articles

Sarah Mohammed Almutairi
Medical Intern, Princess Nourah Bint Abdul Rahman University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
PubMed articlesGoogle scholar articles

Hadeel Hussein Asiree
Student, Faculty of Medicine, Almaarefa University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
PubMed articlesGoogle scholar articles


Correspondence to:
. Medical Intern, Almaarefa University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; dr.tariqalharbi@hotmail.com

Publication history
Published online 01 Jan 1970
Received 30 Dec 2018
Accepted 28 Jan 2019
Published in print 24 Mar 2019

How to cite this article?

Export to EndNote Export to refMan

Pubmed Style

Alsudairy FK, Alharbi TI, Qadi AB, Almutairi SM, Asiree HH. Awareness of Sun Exposure and use of sunscreen among adults in Saudi Arabia, 2018. IJMDC. 2019; 3(4): 389-394. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1546172361


Web Style

Alsudairy FK, Alharbi TI, Qadi AB, Almutairi SM, Asiree HH. Awareness of Sun Exposure and use of sunscreen among adults in Saudi Arabia, 2018. https://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=23835 [Access: December 01, 2021]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1546172361


AMA (American Medical Association) Style

Alsudairy FK, Alharbi TI, Qadi AB, Almutairi SM, Asiree HH. Awareness of Sun Exposure and use of sunscreen among adults in Saudi Arabia, 2018. IJMDC. 2019; 3(4): 389-394. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1546172361


Vancouver/ICMJE Style

Alsudairy FK, Alharbi TI, Qadi AB, Almutairi SM, Asiree HH. Awareness of Sun Exposure and use of sunscreen among adults in Saudi Arabia, 2018. IJMDC. (2019), [cited December 01, 2021]; 3(4): 389-394. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1546172361


Harvard Style

Alsudairy, F. K., Alharbi, . T. I., Qadi, . A. B., Almutairi, . S. M. & Asiree, . H. H. (2019) Awareness of Sun Exposure and use of sunscreen among adults in Saudi Arabia, 2018. IJMDC, 3 (4), 389-394. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1546172361


Turabian Style

Alsudairy, Fahad Khaled, Tariq Ibrahim Alharbi, Alya Bakr Qadi, Sarah Mohammed Almutairi, and Hadeel Hussein Asiree. 2019. Awareness of Sun Exposure and use of sunscreen among adults in Saudi Arabia, 2018. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 3 (4), 389-394. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1546172361


Chicago Style

Alsudairy, Fahad Khaled, Tariq Ibrahim Alharbi, Alya Bakr Qadi, Sarah Mohammed Almutairi, and Hadeel Hussein Asiree. "Awareness of Sun Exposure and use of sunscreen among adults in Saudi Arabia, 2018." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 3 (2019), 389-394. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1546172361


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Alsudairy, Fahad Khaled, Tariq Ibrahim Alharbi, Alya Bakr Qadi, Sarah Mohammed Almutairi, and Hadeel Hussein Asiree. "Awareness of Sun Exposure and use of sunscreen among adults in Saudi Arabia, 2018." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 3.4 (2019), 389-394. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1546172361


APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Alsudairy, F. K., Alharbi, . T. I., Qadi, . A. B., Almutairi, . S. M. & Asiree, . H. H. (2019) Awareness of Sun Exposure and use of sunscreen among adults in Saudi Arabia, 2018. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 3 (4), 389-394. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1546172361


Share this article

Click the icon of the social media platform on which you would like to share this article.

Article Statistics

Request permissions

If you wish to reuse any part or all of this article please contact the copyright holder, contact@ijmdc.com.

Copyright ©2021 Discover STM Publishing. All Rights Reserved.