Howa Yeung, MD MSc | He/him/his Assistant Professor of Dermatology Emory University School of Medicine Atlanta, GA 30322

Differences in Sun-Protective Behaviors Among Asian American Subgroups

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:

Howa Yeung, MD MSc | He/him/his Assistant Professor of Dermatology Emory University School of Medicine Atlanta, GA 30322

Dr. Yeung

Howa Yeung, MD MScHe/him/his
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA 30322

MedicalResearch.com:  What is the background for this study? 

Response: Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial group in the United States but are underrepresented in health research. Existing research often categorize Asian Americans into a single racial category, which may mask differences in health behaviors and outcomes subgroups.

We sought to examine potential differences in skin cancer-related risk factors and screening among Asian Americans in a large, nationally representative study.

MedicalResearch.com:  What are the main findings? 

Response: Individuals in all Asian American subgroups were more likely to seek shade, wear long clothing to the ankles, and wear long-sleeved shirts but less likely to apply sunscreen, sunburn, indoor tan, and receive at least one total body skin examination than non-Hispanic White individuals. Comparing across Asian American subgroups, Asian Indians were less likely than Chinese participants to apply sunscreen or wear hats but more likely to wear long-sleeved shirts or long clothing to the ankles.

MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report? 

Response: Differences in sun-protective behaviors among Asian American subgroups may inform culturally aware interventions to decrease skin cancer risks.

MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?

Response: Oversampling Asian Americans in future studies can facilitate disaggregated analyses to identify higher risk groups who may benefit from culturally tailored skin cancer prevention. 

Disclosures: Dr Yeung is supported in part by grant funding from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Citation:

Supapannachart KJ, Chen SC, Wang Y, Yeung H. Skin Cancer Risk Factors and Screening Among Asian American Individuals. JAMA Dermatol. Published online January 26, 2022. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2021.5657

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