MHLU - Health Status Resource

Ultraviolet Radiation

Ultraviolet Radiation

Key Findings: 
  • In 2014, 36.5% reported having a sunburn in the 12 months prior to the survey (Fig. 7.16).
  • After a downward trend between 2002 and 2010, rates have been higher in more recent years (Fig. 7.16).
  • Using data from 2012 and 2013 together, it was found that as age increased, the proportion reporting a sunburn in the past year decreased significantly.  For those aged 18-24, 67.6% reported having a sunburn in the past 12 months.  It was 56.8% in those aged 25-44, 38.5% in those 45-64 and 13.7% in those aged 65 and older (data not shown).
  • The rate of reporting a sunburn in the past year in males was significantly higher than in females (45.6% and 33.7%, respectively) using 2012 and 2013 averaged data (data not shown).
  • 69.7% reported wearing sun glasses always or often in 2014 (Fig. 7.17).
  • The trend indicates that the proportion wearing sunglasses increased over time and the difference between 2001 and 2014 was statistically significant (Fig. 7.17).

46.7% of people reported wearing protective clothing and 43.5% reported using sunscreen always or often in 2014.  Neither of these behaviours increased significantly over time (Fig. 7.17).

Interpretive Notes

Data was collected on sun safety behaviours in the Middlesex-London population in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013 (sunburn only) and 2014. The years that it was not collected appear as blank on the figures. 

How this Indicator was Calculated: 
Ontario Public Health Standard: 

Population Health Assessment and Surveillance Protocol - Section 1, Subsections b-vi, vii

Chronic Disease Prevention Standard - Requirement #1

Prevention of Injury and Substance Misuse Standard - Requirement #1