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CLIP 5707

The Influence of cultural and genetic factors on skin cancer levels

The Influence of cultural and genetic factors on skin cancer levels

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Key Info
  • The Influence of cultural and genetic factors on skin cancer levels
  • Duration: 01:33
  • People with fair skin are not genetically predisposed to cope with high levels of exposure to the sun. Those who emigrate to countries with lots of strong sun tend to have high levels of skin cancer. People with darker skin, such as Australian Aborigines, are able to withstand higher levels of sun exposure and have much lower rates of skin cancer. Reduction in the ozone layer over Australia and particularly New Zealand, means that it can take as little as 8 minutes to become sunburnt. As a result, both countries have for some time run successful campaigns urging people to "Slip on a shirt, slop on suncream, slap on a hat".
  • Subject:



    Development and Health

  • Keywords: geography, development, developed, Scotland, genetic, sun, sunburn, suntan, skin cancer, disease, health
Ideas for use in class
  • Can be used to emphasise the importance of education in making lifestyle and risk-taking decisions. Students could discuss the cultural factors that give additional protection from over-exposure to the sun - working patterns, clothing etc.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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