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Brits risk sunburn in pursuit of tan

Tanned skin can look great, but is it really worth jeopardising your health to get it?

Unfortunately a lot of Brits seem to think so, particularly after the bad weather we have had to put up with over the last few months.

A new survey carried out by Cancer Research UK and Nivea Sun found that a significant number of people are willing to forego sun protection in a bid to get a tan this summer.

When asked if the bad weather experienced in the UK last year will make them less likely to use protection when in strong sun this summer, ten per cent said yes.

Furthermore, nearly a third of respondents claimed that the chance to sunbathe and get a tan is one of the main reasons they go on holiday abroad.

Perhaps the most alarming finding of the survey was that many people still avoid protecting themselves in the sun even though they are aware of the potential health risks.

Close to 90 per cent of respondents said they know that too much sun exposure is the main cause of skin cancer.

However, only 65 per cent plan to use sunscreen of at least factor 15 this summer and just 36 per cent claimed they spend some time in the shade when in strong sun.

“We know it’s been tough getting through the long winter, especially when last summer was such a wash out, but it’s still important to avoid getting sunburnt when it finally makes an appearance.

“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 sign that the DNA in your skin cells has been damaged. Not only can this cause premature ageing and wrinkles it increases the risk of skin cancer,” commented Yinka Ebo, Cancer Research UK senior health information officer.

An easy way to keep skin protected during the summer is to install a shade sail. These structures are durable, easy to set up and can block out as much as 98.8 per cent of harmful UV rays.


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