Ultraviolet radiation exposure of schoolchildren in a rural location in south east Queensland

Kimlin, Michael G. & Parisi, Alfio V. (2000) Ultraviolet radiation exposure of schoolchildren in a rural location in south east Queensland. In 2000 Infront Outback Conference, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.


Queensland has the highest rates of non-melanoma skin cancer and cutaneous malignant melanoma in the world. Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, particularly in childhood and adolecent years is a major risk factor in the development of skin cancer. South east Queensland's low latitudes and relatively clear skies combine to give high levels of solar UV. Simple UV protective measures such as wearing a hat can reduce the UV exposure of humans significantly. This paper will quantify the effect of UV protective devices, in particular hats and also quantify the UV exposure of schoolchildren during the times of day spent outdoors with and without a hat. Results are presented on the effect of the style of hat worn on the facial UV exposure to schoolchildren in Toowoomba.

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ID Code: 8645
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please contact the author.
Keywords: UV, ultraviolet radiation exposure, South East Queensland, skin cancer, children, adolecents
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 24 Sep 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 16:44

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