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Revista de la Facultad de Medicina Humana

Print version ISSN 1814-5469On-line version ISSN 2308-0531

Abstract

HUANCA-HUIRSE, Nuria Leticia; ROQUE-ROQUE, Joel Sack; LAUREL-VARGAS, Verónica Nélida  and  QUISPE-SANCHO, Alan Wenceslao. Risk perception of skin cancer at a high-altitude hospital. Rev. Fac. Med. Hum. [online]. 2020, vol.20, n.2, pp.222-226. ISSN 1814-5469.  http://dx.doi.org/10.25176/rfmh.v20i2.2895.

Objective

: To determine the level of risk perception of skin cancer in a population from Cusco.

Methods

: It is an observational descriptive cross-sectional study and was aplied in a skin cancer screening campaign in Cusco. The applied questionnaire was designed and validated by Morales-Sánchez M and Cols, and it measures the risk perception of skin cancer. The reported Cronbach's alpha value is 0.824.

Results

: The majority of patients were female (64.7%), average age was 44.9 years (SD: 14.2) and the 51.0% had higher education level. The median hours of sun exposure was 4 (95% CI: 1-6), the most frequent origin was from Cusco (77.6%) and most of the population have normal risk perception of skin cancer (65.8%).

Conclusion

: The risk perception of skin cancer was normal in the majority of the population.

Keywords : Skin Neoplasms; Perception; Health Behavior; Attitude (source: MeSH NLM)..

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