‘Third of Brits sunburnt in last year despite knowing risks’

27 June 2014

More than a third of Brits have been sunburnt in the last year, despite nine in ten knowing that prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation can increase the risk of skin cancer, according to a new study from Cancer Research UK and NIVEA SUN.

The figure is even higher in younger adults, with 48 per cent of 25 to 34 year olds admitting to being sunburnt while in the UK last year. 

Research from YouGov reveals that 49 per cent of all Brits have been sunburnt at some point while visiting a beach in this country. 

The study also points out the fact that you don’t have to be sunbathing to get burnt as 36 per cent of respondents said it happened while they were gardening, 24 per cent said it occurred while they were at a restaurant or pub, 20 per cent said it was the result of attending a barbecue and 14 per cent said it happened during a picnic. 

Sarah Williams, Cancer Research UK senior health information officer, said: “We all need some sun to make vitamin D for healthy bones, but overexposure to the sun’s rays can cause sunburn, which is a clear sign that the DNA in your skin cells has been damaged. Not only can this cause premature ageing and wrinkles, but it also increases the risk of skin cancer.”

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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