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C-20.5 Data Details

C-20.5 Increase the proportion of adolescents in grades 9 through 12 who follow protective measures that may reduce the risk of skin cancer

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

National Data Source
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (CDC/NCHHSTP)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
Baseline (Year)
9.3 (2009)
Target-Setting Method
Projection/trend analysis
Number of students in grades 9 through 12 who report that they are very likely to use sunscreen
Number of students in grades 9 through 12
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data

From the 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System:


When you are outside for more than one hour on a sunny day, how often do you wear sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher?

  1. Never
  2. Rarely
  3. Sometimes
  4. Most of the time
  5. Always
Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Adapted from HP2010 objective
Methodology Notes

For this indicator, a person is defined as following protective measures if the person answers "always" or “most of the time” to the question.

Changes Between HP2010 and HP2020
This objective differs from Healthy People 2010 objective 3-9a in that the data source no longer includes a second question on protective measures to prevent skin cancer.


Additional resources about the objective.

  1. Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T., NCI