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Quarter of women 'risk skin cancer'

May 01, 2012

Macmillan Cancer Support is reminding women of the need to wear sunscreen when going out in the sun.

Women are increasing their chances of developing skin cancer by failing to apply sunscreen when they go on holiday.

Research by Macmillan Cancer Support questioned 1,500 women about their skincare habits when going out in the sun.

The charity found that 22 percent of respondents do not use sun lotion when they are visiting a hot country, with 24 percent claiming they do not need to because they do not burn.

A further 14 percent said sunscreen was too expensive for them, while 12 percent suggested it does not work.

The survey also revealed that many women (45 percent) wrongly believe after-sun lotion helps to correct some of the damage inflicted on sunburnt skin.

Carol Goodman, a Macmillan information nurse specialist, expressed concern at the findings, which were published at the launch of Sun Awareness Week (April 30th to May 6th).

She said: "Over two-and-a-half thousand people die of skin cancer every year and so it is a real issue.

"You should put your suntan lotion on half an hour before going into the sun, let it soak in and then apply another layer. The lotion should be applied thickly to your skin or the protection you get may only be a quarter of what the bottle suggests."

Anyone with concerns about their risk of developing skin cancer may want to try out the Mole Clinic's new online melanoma profiler, which assesses individuals' chances of developing the disease.

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