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Biomédica

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CRUZ, Adriana R et al. Impact of a UV education program on the knowledge and behavior in elementary school children. Biomédica [online]. 2005, vol.25, n.4, pp.533-538. ISSN 0120-4157.

Introduction. Colombians are exposed year round to high doses of ultraviolet radiation. Although no reliable epidemiological data are available for the incidence of skin cancer, it is a frequent pathology not limited to advanced age classes. Objective. The current study was done at elementary schools in Cali in zones categorized at socioeconomic levels 1 to 4 to evaluate the impact of a photo-education program for its effect on the knowledge and behavior of a group of elementary school children. Materials and methods. Five hundred forty-seven children from kindergarten to grade three were evaluated in 4 schools categorized in socioeconomic levels 1 to 4. The students were interviewed to evaluate their knowledge and behavior with regard to effects of UV exposure. One school rated at level 1-2 and one school at level 3-4 received education on UV protection. Other two schools, rated at levels 1-2 and 3-4 each received no education on UV protection.The questionnaire was repeated in the 4 schools, and a statistical analysis was done to evaluate the impact the education program had on educated and control groups.

Keywords : Education; skin neoplasms/prevention and control.

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