Long-term exposure to UV radiation and severe sunburns increase one's risk of experiencing malignant melanoma later in life, so parents need to be informed about how to protect children from overexposure to the sun.
We attempted to determine readability of skin cancer brochures targeted toward parents of young children.
SMOG and FOG readability formulas were applied to 8 brochures published by the American Cancer Society, Skin Cancer Foundation, American Academy of Dermatology, and the Anti-Cancer Council.
Readability levels of the brochures ranged between the 8th and 12th grade levels.
To reduce the incidence of skin cancer, sun-safe knowledge and behavior should start in childhood.
Pediatricians need access to brochures written at readability levels for the average parent.
Skin cancer brochures written at the eighth or ninth grade comprehension levels may allow pediatricians to educate more parents about the importance of skin cancer prevention in childhood.
Mots-clés Pascal : Prévention, Tumeur maligne, Peau, Information, Education santé, Brochure, Evaluation, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Prevention, Malignant tumor, Skin, Information, Health education, Paper bound, Evaluation, Human
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0334233
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 16/11/1999.