While sunscreen is effective prevention for skin cancer, public sunscreen use and compliance are low. Identifying factors affecting sunscreen use and barriers to compliance are important to understand in order to increase sunscreen use, especially among high-risk individuals. We conducted a single institution survey of 429 dermatology clinic patients to better understand patients’ barriers to sunscreen use. Overall several personal barriers to sunscreen use included dislike of feel or appearance of sunscreen (33.7%) and time constraints (15.3%). The cost was a barrier to use in 16.4% of cases underscoring the importance for dermatologists to consider socioeconomic barriers to sunscreen use and provide cost-effective sun protection counseling to patients whenever possible. Dermatologists recommending sunscreen use was associated with a higher rate of use of sunscreen (p <.001) highlighting the important role of sun protective counseling by the dermatologist.
- cost-effective measures
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