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Teens 'ignorant about sun safety'

New research has uncovered a lack of knowledge among some teenagers about sun safety, suggesting they are less likely than those from other age groups to take precautions to avoid sunburn.

According to data from the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD), 54 per cent of 16 to 30-year-olds questioned said they went out in the sun daily during summer, as opposed to 44 per cent of those aged between 31 and 45.

Nearly one-fifth of youngsters admitted to allowing their skin to burn more than once per year, while one-quarter said they never wore a hat and 17 per cent revealed they never attempted to avoid the sun during the hottest time of the day.

"With so much education ... aimed at young people, it is a real worry that this age group are still either ignorant to, or choosing to ignore, sun safety messages," said BAD's Nina Goad.

Last week, a study carried out by California's Stanford University indicated that taking a combination of calcium and vitamin D could reduce the risk of developing melanoma among women who have already contracted non-fatal forms of skin cancer 

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