Brits 'still taking skin cancer risks to achieve deeper tans'

24 June 2013

Many people are putting their health at risk through a desire to achieve deeper sun tans, a new study has suggested.

Almost half of those surveyed (46 per cent) by Macmillan Cancer Support said they deliberately get sunburnt in order to improve their glow.

This is despite the charity warning that getting sunburnt once every two years can triple the risk of skin cancer.

According to the poll, people in the 18 to 35-year-old age bracket were more than twice as likely to believe that getting sunburnt can help give them a deeper tan.

One in ten of the survey respondents said they planned to sunbathe in the UK without the use of protective lotion, potentially increasing the risk of a future cancer diagnosis.

Carol Goodman, skin cancer nurse specialist on the Macmillan Support Line, said that despite wider awareness of the risks, people are still burning themselves for cosmetic reasons.

 “Sunburn will cause serious damage to your skin, which can lead to cancer," she claimed.

"It is vital to protect your skin when out in the sun by using sun tan lotion, wearing sun protective clothing or staying in the shade between the hours of 11:00 and 15:00 BST.”

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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