UV Exposure and Sun-Protective Behavior - Prevention Summary Table

Only one measure per topic is displayed in the summary table. A complete set of measures, where they exist, can be found by following the More Information link in the table below.

Legend:
green line green - headed in the right direction
red line red - headed in the wrong direction
black line black - stable or non-significant change (NSC)
purple purple - indeterminate
blue blue - Healthy People 2020 target
Measure Name Sun-Protective Behavior Indoor Tanning Sunburn
Year Range 2005-2015 2009-2015 2000-2015
Measure

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.

The percentage of high school students (grades 9-12) who reported use of an indoor tanning device such as a sunlamp, sunbed, or tanning booth (not counting getting a spray-on tan) one or more times during the 12 months before the survey.

The percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who have used an indoor tanning device one or more times during the past 12 months. 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.

The percentage of high school students (grades 9-12) who reported having been sunburned in the past 12 months.

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

Recent Summary Trend Stable Falling Falling
Recent Summary Trend Year Range 2010-2015 2011-2015 2010-2015
Desired Direction Rising Falling Falling
Summary Graph Summary graph for Sun-Protective Behavior, Click to see detailed view of graph Summary graph for Indoor Tanning, Click to see detailed view of graph Summary graph for Sunburn, Click to see detailed view of graph
Trends and Most Recent Estimates In 2015, 70.8% of adults said they usually or always protect themselves from the sun by practicing at least one of three sun protection behaviors. In 2015, 10.6% of female adolescents used an indoor tanning device within the past year. In 2015, 35.3% of adults aged 18 years and older were sunburned in the past year.
Healthy People 2020 Target Increase to 73.7% the proportion of adults who are very likely to use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, wear protective clothing, or seek shade. Reduce to 14.0% the proportion of adolescents in grades 9 through 12 who report using artificial sources of ultraviolet light for tanning. Reduce to 33.8% the proportion of adults aged 18 years and older who report sunburn.
More Information Sun-Protective Behavior Indoor Tanning Sunburn
Last Updated January 2017 January 2017 January 2017