What do these two places have in           common? Arizona, USA      Queensland, AU                                    1
Youth-participatory approach to inform the development of SMS messages to promote     sun safe behaviors in adolescents  M...
Skin cancer is a major public health         problem in Arizona and Australia  Melanoma continues to be in the topIncidenc...
Prevention of Skin Cancer• Emphasis is on early adoption and practice of sun  protection behaviors (primary prevention)  •...
Texting Teens About Skin Cancer and        Wellness Study - “T4T”Develop and test SMS-based messages and deliverymethods d...
Topics Discussed via SMS   Importance of the skin   Types of skin cancer   Ultraviolet radiation and consequences   Sun sa...
Thank you!Melanie Hingle, PhD, MPH, RD     University of Arizona   hinglem@u.arizona.edu
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1.5 – Youth-participatory Approach to Inform the Development of SMS Messages to Promote Sun Safe Behaviors in Adolescents

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
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Melanie Hingle (University of Arizona, USA), Eden Ellison (Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, USA), Naja McKenzie (University of Arizona Cancer Center, USA), Cynthia Thomson (Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, USA), Robert Logan (National Library of Medicine, USA), Robin Harris (Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, USA)

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1.5 – Youth-participatory Approach to Inform the Development of SMS Messages to Promote Sun Safe Behaviors in Adolescents

  1. 1. What do these two places have in common? Arizona, USA Queensland, AU 1
  2. 2. Youth-participatory approach to inform the development of SMS messages to promote sun safe behaviors in adolescents Melanie Hingle1, Eden Ellison2, Naja McKenzie3,4,Cynthia Thomson2,3, Robert A. Logan5, Robin Harris2,3,4 The University of Arizona 1Department of Nutritional Sciences, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, 2Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health,3Cancer Center, 4Skin Cancer Institute, Tucson, AZ, and 5The National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD
  3. 3. Skin cancer is a major public health problem in Arizona and Australia Melanoma continues to be in the topIncidence (per 100,000) Age Adjusted Skin Cancer 10 cancers diagnosed in Americans and women of all races,2 and incidence is increasing at Men Women a rate of 2% yearly3 SCC BCC Melanoma SCC BCC Melanoma Non-melanoma skin cancer 407 United States 81 (NMSC) is the most26 23.5 common cancer 15.4 212 in the U.S. >2 million annually are treated1,3 Arizona (SE) 295.3 1007.5 35.8 121.1 526.1 21.3 Skin cancer ranks among the top five 76.3 burdensome skin Queensland, AU 1332 2058 most 755 1195 51.1 diseases based on direct and indirect health-related costs, totaling >$2.5 billion for NMSC and >$3.5 billion for melanoma.4Harris & Alberts, 2004; QLD Cancer Registry, 2010
  4. 4. Prevention of Skin Cancer• Emphasis is on early adoption and practice of sun protection behaviors (primary prevention) • e.g., sun avoidance, application of sunscreen, protective clothing• Adolescent years represent a period of high risk for excess UVR exposure, thereby presenting a ‘window of opportunity’ for intervention• The ubiquity of mobile device use among today’s youth offers an engaging medium to communicate sun safety education to this population
  5. 5. Texting Teens About Skin Cancer and Wellness Study - “T4T”Develop and test SMS-based messages and deliverymethods designed to influence adolescents’ attitudes,However, the most effective way to communicate this knowledge, and behaviors related to sun safety. information remains unclear.
  6. 6. Topics Discussed via SMS Importance of the skin Types of skin cancer Ultraviolet radiation and consequences Sun safety techniques Prevent your skin from Dangers of tanning being described as: “dry, cracked, scaly, blistered, and scarred.” ApplyRemember the "Shadow Rule." sunscreen daily!When your shadow is shorterthan you are, always seek 10 minutes in ashade! The suns UV rays are tanning bed causesstrongest between 10am and more damage than 304pm. minutes of playing outside.
  7. 7. Thank you!Melanie Hingle, PhD, MPH, RD University of Arizona hinglem@u.arizona.edu
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