Solarium use in Australia, recent trends and context

Kate Francis, Suzanne Jane Dobbinson, Melanie A Wakefield, Afaf Girgis

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Objectives:To describe the prevalence of solarium use among representative samples of Australian adolescents (12-17 years) and adults (18-69 years). Methods: In national surveys conducted in 2003/04 and 2006/07 using equivalent methods, n=1 1,509 Australian adolescents and adults self-reported their use of solaria. Results: In 2006/07 10.6 of adults had ever used a solarium, and use was most prevalent among women aged 18 to 24 (17.1 ) and 25 to 44 (20.7 ). Few adolescents (2.5 ) had ever used a solarium. The prevalence of past year use was much lower (0.6 of adolescents, 1.5 of adults) and there was a significant reduction among adults between surveys (OR=0.69, 95 01=0.52-0.94). Adults attitudes related to past year solarium use were preference for a suntan (OR=4.68, 95 01=2.48-8.85); perceived pro- tan attitudes of peers (OR=2.10, 95 01=1.17-3.77), belief that a suntan looks healthy (OR=1 .92, 95 01=1.09-3.39); and perceiving they have some risk of getting skin cancer (OR=1 .69, 95 01=1.03-2.78). Conclusions and implications: Although solarium use in Australia is relatively low, it is highest among young adult women. These data show encouraging downward trends in use, and provide a foundation for monitoring the impact of forthcoming regulatory changes to the solarium industry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)427 - 430
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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