Advertisement

One third don't protect against skin cancer

The number of Britons requiring skin cancer treatment may well be set to increase, following research which suggests more than a third do not apply sunscreen before sunbathing.

A survey by the Institute of Cancer Research found that, despite 60 per cent of respondents claiming to be more worried about skin cancer than they were ten years ago, there are still many who do not take the necessary precautions when going out in the sun.

In addition, only 52 per cent were able to describe the main signs and symptoms of the disease, suggesting that many may not visit a doctor in time to receive timely cancer treatment.

Rebecca Russell, manager of Cancer Research UK's SunSmart campaign, pointed out that skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK.

"Up to eight in ten skin cancers could be prevented by being SunSmart, so it's very important to be aware of how to enjoy the sun safely," she said.

"In strong sunlight, our best advice is to use factor 15+ sunscreen, seek shade between 11am and 3pm, cover up and take care not to burn," she advised.

Comment on this page »

Features

Latest news

Nuffield Health opens doors of new Cambridge Hospital

Nuffield Health plans to open state-of-the-art diagnostic suite

£1.2 million refurbishment at Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital

One third don't protect against skin cancer
Advertisement
Advertisement
Connect with us on:

This site compiles with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information