Skin cancer prevention and detection practices in a Michigan farm population following an educational intervention

Patricia B. Mullein, Joseph C. Gardiner, Kenneth Roseninan, Zhiwei Zhu, G. Marie Swanson

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Abstract

Farmers face an increased risk of skin cancer, presumed to be secondary to their increased occupational exposure to sunlight. This study examines skin cancer prevention and detection beliefs and practices among adult farmers in defined control and comparison farming communities in four continuous counties of Michigan, before and after a community-based educational intervention. The educational intervention included mailing packets containing information on skin cancer risks and community sources for screening, disseminating articles in local newspapers on skin cancer prevention and control measures, and providing information and screening at local at local county fair and agricultural community fairs. The responses of 2,999 survey participants were analyzed to identify the interrelationships among their beliefs and their description of their (primary preventive) self- care and professional medical care seeking (for detecting and treatment) practices. Factor associated with the likelihood of skin cancer screening and with measures of knowledge and practices associated with medical care of skin cancer were examined. The intervention appeared to improve the practice of preventive behaviors and seeking medical care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-320
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Rural Health
Volume12
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

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Skin Neoplasms
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cancer
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Population
community
farmer
Preventive Medicine
Newspapers
Sunlight
Occupational Exposure
Self Care
Agriculture
Early Detection of Cancer
Farms
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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Professions(all)

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Mullein, P. B., Gardiner, J. C., Roseninan, K., Zhu, Z., & Marie Swanson, G. (1996). Skin cancer prevention and detection practices in a Michigan farm population following an educational intervention. Journal of Rural Health, 12(4), 311-320.

Skin cancer prevention and detection practices in a Michigan farm population following an educational intervention. / Mullein, Patricia B.; Gardiner, Joseph C.; Roseninan, Kenneth; Zhu, Zhiwei; Marie Swanson, G.

In: Journal of Rural Health, Vol. 12, No. 4, 1996, p. 311-320.

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Mullein, PB, Gardiner, JC, Roseninan, K, Zhu, Z & Marie Swanson, G 1996, 'Skin cancer prevention and detection practices in a Michigan farm population following an educational intervention', Journal of Rural Health, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 311-320.
Mullein, Patricia B. ; Gardiner, Joseph C. ; Roseninan, Kenneth ; Zhu, Zhiwei ; Marie Swanson, G. / Skin cancer prevention and detection practices in a Michigan farm population following an educational intervention. In: Journal of Rural Health. 1996 ; Vol. 12, No. 4. pp. 311-320.
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