UV Exposure and Sun Protective Practices

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In 2010, 70.0% of adults said they usually or always protect themselves from the sun by practicing at least one of three sun protection behaviors.

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Introduction

Skin cancer incidence rates have been increasing for decades. While the rates of most cancers  are decreasing, skin cancer remains one of the few cancers with increasing rates.

There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma. BCC and SCC are the most common forms of skin cancer and are collectively referred to as nonmelanoma skin cancers. Although 40 to 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have nonmelanoma skin cancer at least once, most of these cancers—as well as melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer—can be prevented.

Studies suggest that reducing unprotected exposure to the sun and avoiding artificial ultraviolet (UV) light from indoor tanning beds, tanning booths, and sun lamps can lower the risk of skin cancer. Avoiding sunburns, intermittent high-intensity sun exposure, indoor UV tanning, and other damage from these sources—especially in children, teens, and young adults—reduces the chances of getting melanoma skin cancer.

Still, skin cancer does affect people of all ages and skin types. While most common in light-skinned people, skin cancer when detected in darker skinned people is more often diagnosed at a later stage when survival is poorer.

In July 2014, the first time in the history of Surgeon Generals,  a Surgeon General’s Call To Action to Prevent Skin Cancer  Report was released.  In the same year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) increased the stringency of regulations related to indoor tanning equipment and facilities that provide indoor tanning services, and changed the classification of such devices to a Class II from a Class I. FDA has also improved standards for sunscreen content and labeling within the last two years.

Measure

Sun-protective behaviors: The percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who reported that they usually or always practice at least one of three sun-protective behaviors—using sunscreen, wearing protective clothing (a long-sleeve shirt ,and/or wide brimmed hat shading the face, ears, and neck, and/or long pants/long skirt), or seeking shade when going outside on a sunny day for more than an hour.

Beginning in 2005, the question on hat use (as part of protective clothing) was modified to more accurately distinguish baseball caps (which do not fully protect the face, neck, and ears) from other types of fully protective hats. Graphic illustrations of different hats were used, and respondents were asked a separate question about baseball cap and sun visor use.  Also, long pants/long skirt was an item added in 2005.

In certain sections of this report, the protective clothing and sunscreen measures were defined according to the Healthy People 2020 objectives with data available since 2005, allowing for only short-term trends. HP2020 defines use of protective clothing as wearing one or more of the following -- a wide-brimmed hat that shades the face, ears, and neck,  long sleeves, and long pants or long skirt. HP2020 guidelines for sunscreen use refer to sunscreens with a sun protective factor (SPF) of 15 or higher.

Indoor tanning: The percentage of teens aged 14 to 17 years who have used an indoor tanning device one or more times during the past 12 months, as reported by a knowledgeable adult household respondent. The National Health Interview Survey Cancer Control Supplement (NHIS-CCS) data began to track indoor tanning use by adolescents in 2005. Self-reports of use of the same devices by adults aged 18 years and older are given here for 2010 and 2013. Although NHIS-CCS also collected this data for adults in 2005 and 2008, the methodology used then likely resulted in overestimates and so that data was not included here.

Sunburn: The percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who reported having been sunburned in the past 12 months.

Healthy People 2020 Target

  • (Developmental) Reduce the proportion of adolescents in grades 9 through 12 who report sunburn.
  • Reduce to 33.8 percent the proportion of adults aged 18 years and older who report at least one sunburn in the past 12 months.
  • Reduce to 14 percent the proportion of adolescents in grades 9 through 12 who report using artificial sources of ultraviolet light for tanning.
  • Reduce to 3.6 percent the proportion of adults aged 18 years and older who report using artificial sources of ultraviolet light for tanning.
  • Increase to 11.2 percent the proportion of adolescents in grades 9 through 12 who follow protective measures that may reduce the risk of skin cancer.
  • Increase to 73.7 percent the proportion of adults aged 18 years and older who follow protective measures that may reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Healthy People 2020 is a set of goals set forth by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Data Source

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. National Health Interview Survey NCI and CDC co-sponsored Cancer Control Supplement, 1992-2010, 2005–2010.

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Sun Protection Methods

Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by type of protective measure, 2005-2010
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by type of protective measure, 2005-2010 TotalClick to see the detailed trend graph for Total 70.0 (69.2 - 70.8)
Sunscreen (SPF 15+)Click to see the detailed trend graph for Sunscreen (SPF 15+) 31.0 (30.1 - 31.8)
Protective clothingClick to see the detailed trend graph for Protective clothing 39.8 (39.0 - 40.7)
Seek ShadeClick to see the detailed trend graph for Seek Shade 37.2 (36.3 - 38.0)

Use Some Type of Protection

By Sex
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by sex, 2005-2010
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by sex, 2005-2010 Both SexesClick to see the detailed trend graph for Both Sexes 70.0 (69.2 - 70.8)
MaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Male 66.5 (65.5 - 67.6)
FemaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Female 73.4 (72.3 - 74.4)
By Race/Ethnicity
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by race/ethnicity, 2005-2010
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by race/ethnicity, 2005-2010 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 70.0 (69.2 - 70.8)
Non-Hispanic WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic White 68.3 (67.3 - 69.3)
Non-Hispanic BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic Black 72.7 (70.5 - 74.9)
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 74.9 (73.5 - 76.4)
By Age
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by age, 2005-2010
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by age, 2005-2010 Ages 18-24Click to see the detailed trend graph for Ages 18-24 59.4 (57.1 - 61.7)
Ages 25+Click to see the detailed trend graph for Ages 25+ 71.5 (70.7 - 72.3)
By Sex and Age
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by sex and age, 2005-2010
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by sex and age, 2005-2010 Males, Ages 18-24Click to see the detailed trend graph for Males, Ages 18-24 55.2 (51.9 - 58.6)
Males, Ages 25+Click to see the detailed trend graph for Males, Ages 25+ 68.2 (67.1 - 69.3)
Females, Ages 18-24Click to see the detailed trend graph for Females, Ages 18-24 63.7 (60.7 - 66.7)
Females, Ages 25+Click to see the detailed trend graph for Females, Ages 25+ 74.8 (73.7 - 75.9)
By Poverty Income Level
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by poverty income level, 2005-2010
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by poverty income level, 2005-2010 < 200% of the federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for < 200% of the federal poverty level 71.2 (69.9 - 72.5)
>= 200% of the federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for >= 200% of the federal poverty level 69.3 (68.3 - 70.3)
By Education Level
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by highest level of education obtained, 2005-2010
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by highest level of education obtained, 2005-2010 Less than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Less than High School 74.0 (71.9 - 76.0)
High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for High School 69.1 (67.6 - 70.6)
Greater than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Greater than High School 71.9 (70.8 - 72.9)

Use Sunscreen

By Sex
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by using SPF 15 or higher sunscreen by sex, 2000-2010
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by using SPF 15 or higher sunscreen by sex, 2000-2010 Both SexesClick to see the detailed trend graph for Both Sexes 31.0 (30.1 - 31.8)
MaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Male 20.7 (19.7 - 21.6)
FemaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Female 41.0 (39.8 - 42.2)
By Race/Ethnicity
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by using SPF 15 or higher sunscreen by race/ethnicity, 2000-2010
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by using SPF 15 or higher sunscreen by race/ethnicity, 2000-2010 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 31.0 (30.1 - 31.8)
Non-Hispanic WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic White 36.6 (35.5 - 37.7)
Non-Hispanic BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic Black 9.8 (8.4 - 11.1)
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 21.8 (20.3 - 23.3)
By Age
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by using SPF 15 or higher sunscreen by age, 2000-2010
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by using SPF 15 or higher sunscreen by age, 2000-2010 Ages 18-24Click to see the detailed trend graph for Ages 18-24 22.9 (20.8 - 25.0)
Ages 25+Click to see the detailed trend graph for Ages 25+ 31.8 (31.0 - 32.7)
By Sex and Age
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by using SPF 15 or higher sunscreen by sex and age, 2000-2010
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by using SPF 15 or higher sunscreen by sex and age, 2000-2010 Males Ages 18-24Click to see the detailed trend graph for Males Ages 18-24 13.0 (10.8 - 15.2)
Males Ages 25+Click to see the detailed trend graph for Males Ages 25+ 21.8 (20.8 - 22.8)
Females Ages 18-24Click to see the detailed trend graph for Females Ages 18-24 33.0 (29.8 - 36.3)
Females Ages 25+Click to see the detailed trend graph for Females Ages 25+ 42.1 (40.9 - 43.3)
By Poverty Income Level
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by using SPF 15 or higher sunscreen by poverty income level, 2000-2010
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by using SPF 15 or higher sunscreen by poverty income level, 2000-2010 < 200% of the federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for < 200% of the federal poverty level 20.0 (19.0 - 21.1)
>= 200% of the federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for >= 200% of the federal poverty level 35.6 (34.5 - 36.6)
By Education Level
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by using SPF 15 or higher sunscreen by highest level of education obtained, 2000-2010
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by using SPF 15 or higher sunscreen by highest level of education obtained, 2000-2010 Less than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Less than High School 14.4 (13.1 - 15.7)
High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for High School 24.1 (22.6 - 25.7)
Greater than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Greater than High School 39.4 (38.2 - 40.5)

Wear Protective Clothing

By Sex
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by wearing protective clothing by sex, 2005-2010
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by wearing protective clothing by sex, 2005-2010 Both SexesClick to see the detailed trend graph for Both Sexes 39.8 (39.0 - 40.7)
MaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Male 45.5 (44.3 - 46.7)
FemaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Female 34.3 (33.4 - 35.3)
By Race/Ethnicity
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by wearing protective clothing by race/ethnicity, 2005-2010
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by wearing protective clothing by race/ethnicity, 2005-2010 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 39.8 (39.0 - 40.7)
Non-Hispanic WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic White 36.2 (35.2 - 37.3)
Non-Hispanic BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic Black 44.3 (42.1 - 46.6)
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 51.0 (49.2 - 52.7)
By Age
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by wearing protective clothing by age, 2005-2010
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by wearing protective clothing by age, 2005-2010 Ages 18-24Click to see the detailed trend graph for Ages 18-24 31.8 (29.5 - 34.1)
Ages 25+Click to see the detailed trend graph for Ages 25+ 41.0 (40.1 - 41.9)
By Sex and Age
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by wearing protective clothing by sex and age, 2005-2010
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by wearing protective clothing by sex and age, 2005-2010 Males, Ages 18-24Click to see the detailed trend graph for Males, Ages 18-24 35.8 (32.3 - 39.3)
Males, Ages 25+Click to see the detailed trend graph for Males, Ages 25+ 47.0 (45.7 - 48.2)
Females, Ages 18-24Click to see the detailed trend graph for Females, Ages 18-24 27.7 (24.8 - 30.6)
Females, Ages 25+Click to see the detailed trend graph for Females, Ages 25+ 35.3 (34.3 - 36.4)
By Poverty Income Level
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by wearing protective clothing by poverty income level, 2005-2010
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by wearing protective clothing by poverty income level, 2005-2010 < 200% of the federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for < 200% of the federal poverty level 46.0 (44.8 - 47.3)
>= 200% of the federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for >= 200% of the federal poverty level 37.2 (36.1 - 38.3)
By Education Level
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by wearing protective clothing by highest level of education obtained, 2005-2010
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by wearing protective clothing by highest level of education obtained, 2005-2010 Less than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Less than High School 52.8 (50.7 - 54.8)
High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for High School 42.3 (40.6 - 43.9)
Greater than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Greater than High School 38.1 (36.9 - 39.2)

Seek Shade

By Sex
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by seeking shade by sex, 1992-2010
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by seeking shade by sex, 1992-2010 Both SexesClick to see the detailed trend graph for Both Sexes 37.2 (36.3 - 38.0)
MaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Male 30.5 (29.4 - 31.6)
FemaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Female 43.5 (42.3 - 44.7)
By Race/Ethnicity
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by seeking shade by race/ethnicity, 1992-2010
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by seeking shade by race/ethnicity, 1992-2010 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 37.2 (36.3 - 38.0)
Non-Hispanic WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic White 31.9 (30.9 - 32.9)
Non-Hispanic BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic Black 52.4 (50.1 - 54.6)
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 46.6 (44.8 - 48.4)
By Age
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by seeking shade by age, 1992-2010
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by seeking shade by age, 1992-2010 Ages 18-24Click to see the detailed trend graph for Ages 18-24 29.2 (27.0 - 31.4)
Ages 25+Click to see the detailed trend graph for Ages 25+ 38.3 (37.5 - 39.2)
By Sex and Age
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by seeking shade by sex and age, 1992-2010
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by seeking shade by sex and age, 1992-2010 Males, ages 18-24Click to see the detailed trend graph for Males, ages 18-24 24.9 (22.0 - 27.9)
Males, ages 25+Click to see the detailed trend graph for Males, ages 25+ 31.4 (30.2 - 32.5)
Females, ages 18-24Click to see the detailed trend graph for Females, ages 18-24 33.6 (30.4 - 36.8)
Females, ages 25+Click to see the detailed trend graph for Females, ages 25+ 44.9 (43.7 - 46.1)
By Poverty Income Level
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by seeking shade by poverty income level, 1998-2010
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by seeking shade by poverty income level, 1998-2010 < 200% of the federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for < 200% of the federal poverty level 43.1 (41.6 - 44.5)
>= 200% of the federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for >= 200% of the federal poverty level 34.4 (33.5 - 35.4)
By Education Level
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by seeking shade by highest level of education obtained, 1992-2010
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who usually or always protect themselves from the sun by seeking shade by highest level of education obtained, 1992-2010 Less than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Less than High School 44.9 (42.8 - 47.0)
High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for High School 38.1 (36.5 - 39.7)
Greater than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Greater than High School 37.0 (36.0 - 38.0)

Sunburn

By Sex
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were sunburned in the past year by sex, 2000-2010
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were sunburned in the past year by sex, 2000-2010 Both SexesClick to see the detailed trend graph for Both Sexes 37.5 (36.8 - 38.3)
MaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Male 38.5 (37.4 - 39.5)
FemaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Female 36.8 (35.8 - 37.7)
By Race/Ethnicity
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were sunburned in the past year by race/ethnicity, 2000-2010
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were sunburned in the past year by race/ethnicity, 2000-2010 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 37.5 (36.8 - 38.3)
Non-Hispanic WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic White 47.4 (46.5 - 48.3)
Non-Hispanic BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic Black 10.9 (9.7 - 12.1)
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 24.8 (23.2 - 26.4)
By Age
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were sunburned in the past year by age, 2000-2010
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were sunburned in the past year by age, 2000-2010 Ages 18-24Click to see the detailed trend graph for Ages 18-24 50.9 (48.4 - 53.4)
Ages 25+Click to see the detailed trend graph for Ages 25+ 35.5 (34.8 - 36.3)
By Sex and Age
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were sunburned in the past year by sex and age, 2000-2010
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were sunburned in the past year by sex and age, 2000-2010 Males, ages 18-24Click to see the detailed trend graph for Males, ages 18-24 50.0 (46.5 - 53.6)
Males, ages 25+Click to see the detailed trend graph for Males, ages 25+ 36.7 (35.7 - 37.8)
Females, ages 18-24Click to see the detailed trend graph for Females, ages 18-24 51.9 (48.4 - 55.4)
Females, ages 25+Click to see the detailed trend graph for Females, ages 25+ 34.5 (33.5 - 35.5)
By Poverty Income Level
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were sunburned in the past year by poverty income level, 2000-2010
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who were sunburned in the past year by poverty income level, 2000-2010 < 200% of the federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for < 200% of the federal poverty level 29.0 (27.7 - 30.2)
>= 200% of the federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for >= 200% of the federal poverty level 41.8 (40.9 - 42.7)
By Education Level
Percentage of adults aged 25 years and older who were sunburned in the past year by highest level of education obtained, 2000-2010
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 25 years and older who were sunburned in the past year by highest level of education obtained, 2000-2010 Less than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Less than High School 22.8 (20.8 - 24.8)
High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for High School 33.1 (31.4 - 34.7)
Greater than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Greater than High School 39.3 (38.4 - 40.2)

Indoor Tanning

Adolescents by Sex
Percentage of adolescents in grades 9 through 12 who used an indoor tanning device in the past year by sex, 2009-2013
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Percent of adolescents 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adolescents in grades 9 through 12 who used an indoor tanning device in the past year by sex, 2009-2013 Both SexesClick to see the detailed trend graph for Both Sexes 12.8 (10.5 - 15.2)
MaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Male 5.3 (4.4 - 6.2)
FemaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Female 20.2 (15.8 - 24.6)
Adolescents by Race/Ethnicity
Percentage of adolescents in grades 9 through 12 who used an indoor tanning device in the past year by race/ethnicity, 2009-2013
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Percent of adolescents 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adolescents in grades 9 through 12 who used an indoor tanning device in the past year by race/ethnicity, 2009-2013 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 12.8 (10.5 - 15.2)
Non-Hispanic WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic White 18.3 (15.4 - 21.2)
Non-Hispanic BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic Black 2.8 (2.1 - 3.6)
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 6.2 (4.1 - 8.2)
Female Adolescents by Race/Ethnicity
Percentage of female adolescents in grades 9 through 12 who used an indoor tanning device in the past year by race/ethnicity, 2009-2013
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Percent of female adolescents 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of female adolescents in grades 9 through 12 who used an indoor tanning device in the past year by race/ethnicity, 2009-2013 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 20.2 (15.8 - 24.6)
Non-Hispanic WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic White 30.7 (25.6 - 35.8)
Non-Hispanic BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic Black 2.5 (1.4 - 3.5)
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 7.8 (4.7 - 11.0)
Adolescents by Grade Level
Percentage of adolescents in grades 9 through 12 who used an indoor tanning device in the past year by grade level, 2009-2013
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Percent of adolescents 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adolescents in grades 9 through 12 who used an indoor tanning device in the past year by grade level, 2009-2013 Grade 9Click to see the detailed trend graph for Grade 9 8.4 (6.2 - 10.6)
Grade 10Click to see the detailed trend graph for Grade 10 11.7 (8.9 - 14.5)
Grade 11Click to see the detailed trend graph for Grade 11 13.9 (10.8 - 16.9)
Grade 12Click to see the detailed trend graph for Grade 12 18.2 (15.2 - 21.2)
Females Adolescents by Grade Level
Percentage of female adolescents in grades 9 through 12 who used an indoor tanning device in the past year by grade level, 2009-2013
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Percent of female adolescents 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of female adolescents in grades 9 through 12 who used an indoor tanning device in the past year by grade level, 2009-2013 Grade 9Click to see the detailed trend graph for Grade 9 12.8 (9.0 - 16.7)
Grade 10Click to see the detailed trend graph for Grade 10 19.0 (13.7 - 24.3)
Grade 11Click to see the detailed trend graph for Grade 11 23.0 (17.0 - 29.1)
Grade 12Click to see the detailed trend graph for Grade 12 27.2 (22.0 - 32.3)
Non-Hispanic White Females Adolescents by Age
Percentage of Non-Hispanic White female adolescents in grades 9 through 12 who used an indoor tanning device in the past year by age, 2009-2013
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Percent of female Non-Hispanic White adolescents 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of Non-Hispanic White female adolescents in grades 9 through 12 who used an indoor tanning device in the past year by age, 2009-2013 Grade 9Click to see the detailed trend graph for Grade 9 18.9 (13.1 - 24.6)
Grade 10Click to see the detailed trend graph for Grade 10 29.4 (22.0 - 36.9)
Grade 11Click to see the detailed trend graph for Grade 11 35.0 (27.2 - 42.7)
Grade 12Click to see the detailed trend graph for Grade 12 40.2 (34.3 - 46.0)
Adults by Sex
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who used an indoor tanning device in the past year by sex, 2010-2013
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who used an indoor tanning device in the past year by sex, 2010-2013 Both SexesClick to see the detailed trend graph for Both Sexes 4.4 (4.1 - 4.7)
MaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Male 1.8 (1.5 - 2.1)
FemaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Female 6.9 (6.4 - 7.4)
Adults by Race/Ethnicity
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who used an indoor tanning device in the past year by race/ethnicity, 2010-2013
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who used an indoor tanning device in the past year by race/ethnicity, 2010-2013 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 4.4 (4.1 - 4.7)
Non-Hispanic WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic White 6.5 (6.1 - 7.0)
Non-Hispanic BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Non-Hispanic Black 0.2 (0.1 - 0.4)
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 1.4 (1.1 - 1.8)
Adults by Age
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who used an indoor tanning device in the past year by age, 2010-2013
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who used an indoor tanning device in the past year by age, 2010-2013 Ages 18-24Click to see the detailed trend graph for Ages 18-24 9.2 (7.9 - 10.6)
Ages 25+Click to see the detailed trend graph for Ages 25+ 3.6 (3.3 - 4.0)
Adults by Sex and Age
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who used an indoor tanning device in the past year by sex and age, 2010-2013
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who used an indoor tanning device in the past year by sex and age, 2010-2013 Males, Ages 18-24Click to see the detailed trend graph for Males, Ages 18-24 2.3 (1.2 - 3.5)
Males, Ages 25+Click to see the detailed trend graph for Males, Ages 25+ 1.7 (1.4 - 2.0)
Females, Ages 18-24Click to see the detailed trend graph for Females, Ages 18-24 16.2 (13.8 - 18.5)
Females, Ages 25+Click to see the detailed trend graph for Females, Ages 25+ 5.5 (5.0 - 6.0)
Adults by Poverty Income Level
Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who used an indoor tanning device in the past year by poverty income level, 2010-2013
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who used an indoor tanning device in the past year by poverty income level, 2010-2013 <200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for <200% of federal poverty level 2.8 (2.4 - 3.2)
>=200% of federal poverty levelClick to see the detailed trend graph for >=200% of federal poverty level 5.2 (4.8 - 5.6)
Adults by Education Level
Percentage of adults aged 25 years and older who used an indoor tanning device in the past year by highest level of education obtained, 2010-2013
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Percent of adults 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for Percentage of adults aged 25 years and older who used an indoor tanning device in the past year by highest level of education obtained, 2010-2013 Less than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Less than High School 1.3 (0.8 - 1.7)
High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for High School 3.5 (2.8 - 4.2)
Greater than High SchoolClick to see the detailed trend graph for Greater than High School 4.1 (3.7 - 4.5)

Additional Information on UV Exposure and Sun Protective Practices

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Statistics

Year Range

2005-2010

Recent Summary Trend Year Range

2005-2010

Summary Tables

Sun Protection

Recent Summary Trend

Rising

Desired Direction

Rising