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Almost a quarter of UK women do not use sun cream abroad

Published on 01/05/2012

A leading charity has warned that not enough women use sun cream when they go abroad, putting themselves at risk of skin cancer.

Macmillan Cancer Support carried out a survey on 1,500 women ahead of Sun Awareness Week. They found that 22% did not wear sun cream when on holiday in a hot country.

Of those who said they never wear sun tan lotion, 24% said they don’t sun burn, 14% think sun tan lotion is too expensive, and 12% believe it won’t work.

Almost half said they thought using after-sun cream corrected some of the damage done to their skin.

Carol Goodman, a Macmillan nurse, said: "As people are preparing to go abroad for their annual holiday, it is very concerning that nearly a quarter of British women are putting themselves at risk of skin cancer by not wearing any sun tan lotion abroad.

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

Additional figures from the British Association of Dermatologists showed 92% of people had been sunburnt at least once, and one in three had been burnt more than 10 times.

A person's risk for melanoma- the most serious form of skin cancer- doubles if he or she has had five or more sunburns.

Melanoma is a form of advanced skin cancer that kills around 2,000 people in the UK each year. Whilst melanoma is rare, it is also aggressive and dangerous, and can spread quickly to other organs in the body in a process called metastasis. Normally, patients suffering from metastatic melanoma do not live for longer than nine months.

Macmillan advises applying sun cream half an hour before going into the sun and applying a second layer once it has sunk into the skin to ensure getting the protection the bottle suggests. It should then be reapplied every hour.

If you want to be treated for skin cancer on your private medical insurance, compare health insurance policies with full cancer cover.

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