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Trends, Habits and Attitudes towards Suntanning

Željana Bolanča
Ivan Bolanča
Marija Buljan
Iva Blajić
Jasna Penavić Zeljko
Mirna Šitum

Puni tekst: engleski, pdf (54 KB) str. 143-146 preuzimanja: 618* citiraj
APA 6th Edition
Bolanča, Ž., Bolanča, I., Buljan, M., Blajić, I., Penavić Zeljko, J. i Šitum, M. (2008). Trends, Habits and Attitudes towards Suntanning. Collegium antropologicum, 32 - Supplement 2 (2), 143-146. Preuzeto s
MLA 8th Edition
Bolanča, Željana, et al. "Trends, Habits and Attitudes towards Suntanning." Collegium antropologicum, vol. 32 - Supplement 2, br. 2, 2008, str. 143-146. Citirano 16.06.2021.
Chicago 17th Edition
Bolanča, Željana, Ivan Bolanča, Marija Buljan, Iva Blajić, Jasna Penavić Zeljko i Mirna Šitum. "Trends, Habits and Attitudes towards Suntanning." Collegium antropologicum 32 - Supplement 2, br. 2 (2008): 143-146.
Bolanča, Ž., et al. (2008). 'Trends, Habits and Attitudes towards Suntanning', Collegium antropologicum, 32 - Supplement 2(2), str. 143-146. Preuzeto s: (Datum pristupa: 16.06.2021.)
Bolanča Ž, Bolanča I, Buljan M, Blajić I, Penavić Zeljko J, Šitum M. Trends, Habits and Attitudes towards Suntanning. Collegium antropologicum [Internet]. 2008 [pristupljeno 16.06.2021.];32 - Supplement 2(2):143-146. Dostupno na:
Ž. Bolanča, I. Bolanča, M. Buljan, I. Blajić, J. Penavić Zeljko i M. Šitum, "Trends, Habits and Attitudes towards Suntanning", Collegium antropologicum, vol.32 - Supplement 2, br. 2, str. 143-146, 2008. [Online]. Dostupno na: [Citirano: 16.06.2021.]

Epidemiological studies suggest a relationship between suntanning habits and high risk of malignant melanoma
(MM). The incidence of MM is increased during the last 40 years. Sun exposure is highly prevalent in all age groups, especially
among young and it is influenced by certain believes and attitudes towards suntanning and stimulated by peer
pressure and aesthetic references. What is the cause of higher incidence of MM? Is it only trend and attitudes towards
suntanning? A prototype of a young female of 21st century is attractive, slim, with bronze complexion, dresses in the bathing
suit, whereas the lady of the 19th is pale, dressed in white dress and with hat or sunshade that protects face and hair
from the sun. When did social mores and medical knowledge about sun exposure change? A critical interplay occurred
between the end of 19th century and the start of the 20th century with significant success of phototherapy and the growing
popularity of sunbathing which reflected number of social changes. During the same time of invigoration of sun exposure,
appeared the first reports about correlation between sunlight and skin cancer, but without significant repercussion
on medical profession and therefore without knowledge of the public. The 1920s and 1930s were highlighted with the
great discovery that ultraviolet wavelengths less than 313 nm played the role in vitamin D synthesis which prevents rickets.
Numerous other medical benefits were soon attributed to the sunlight. Finally, the cancerogenity of UV light came to
attention when scientist succeeded in induction of skin cancer in rodents after UV light exposure. The etiology of sunlight
in development of skin cancer was mentioned in scientific articles and public magazines in 1940s and 1950s. Over the
decades the message that sunlight exposure leads to increased risk of skin cancer, reach the public. But despite the knowledge,
even at present people believe that tan person looks healthier. Additional and continuous educational campaigns
are needed for changing people’s behavior.

Ključne riječi
trends; suntanning; UV wavelengths; artificial UV wavelengths; sunscreens

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