27 Jan 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
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.
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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