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Quarter of teenagers getting sun burnt on purpose

Published on 08/07/2010
Teenagers are increasing their chances of developing skin cancer by getting deliberately sun burnt, it has been revealed.

A study by the Teenage Cancer Trust has found that over a quarter (26 per cent) of people aged between 13 and19 years will get sun burnt on purpose this summer in the belief their burn will turn into a tan later.

In addition, 31 per cent admit to never using sun cream in the UK, while over half (55 per cent) mistakenly believe the sun is less harmful in the UK compared to other countries, the charity's research shows.

This cavalier attitude towards sun exposure has sparked fears today's youth may be at a heightened risk of developing skin cancer later in life.

Simon Davies, chief executive of the Teenage Cancer Trust, said: "We've found that young people display a worrying lack of awareness when it comes to protecting their skin from the sun.

"We are trying to educate them to prevent the over exposure to sun whilst young which can lead to problems with skin cancer later in life."

The most common form of skin cancer in the UK, Basal cell carcinoma, affects 60,000 people in the country each year.
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