SUN PROTECTION RESOURCES TO PREVENT SKIN CANCER

Sun protection resources and environmental changes to prevent skin cancer

Background

NICE has been requested by the Department of Health to develop guidance on the provision of information, physical changes to the natural and built environment, and provision of sun protection resources for the prevention of primary skin cancer. The aim of such interventions is reduction of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which is considered a leading cause of skin cancer.

In the first phase of this work a systematic review of the evidence was undertaken to underpin the guidance on provision of information. The second phase of work involves a systematic review of evidence on physical changes to the natural and built environment and provision of sun protection resources to prevent primary skin cancer attributable to UV exposure. It also encompasses multi-component interventions where the environmental interventions or provision of resources are combined or are accompanied by the provision of information.

Conducted by: Catriona McDaid1, Amanda Sowden1, Fiona Paton1

1. Centre for Reviews and Dissemination

Related guidance

Commissioned to inform NICE guidance: Sun protection resources and environmental changes to prevent skin cancer: NHS and local authorities. London: National Institute for Clinical Excellence; 2011

Posters

McDaid C, Sowden A, Paton F. Determining appropriate inclusion criteria for reviews of public health interventions: skin cancer prevention as a case study.

Funding

Commissioned by NICE