Professional Skippers' Sun-Protection Knowledge and Behavior in the Tropics


  • The results of this study were partially presented at The Journées Dermatologiques de Paris, December 7–9, 2011 (oral communication).

Corresponding Author: Christian Derancourt, MD, Dermatology Department, University Hospital, BP 632, 97261 Fort de France Cedex, Martinique, French West Indies. E-mail:


A preliminary inquiry, conducted on Martinique Island, sought to determine professional skippers' sun-protection knowledge and behavior. Fifty-two skippers (mean age: 41 years) completed a questionnaire; 39 (75 %) had a simple sunburn over the last 6 months and 3 (6%) severe sunburn; 54 (64%) declared achieving sun protection by wearing clothes during >90% of the day. Only 17% had used sun protection >90% of the time.