Sunburn Prevalent in Young Adults

Melanoma, sunburn, sunscreenIn spite of the growing sun protection products market, sunburn continues to be prevalent in  young white adults, says a study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Melanoma is deadlier than the top two most common cancers, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.  Sunburn, heat lamps and tanning beds may increase your risk of melanoma.  ”Although protective behaviors such as sunscreen , shade use and wearing long clothing to the ankles have increased in recent years, sunburn prevalence remains high,” write the study’s authors.

The most common methods of protection from the sun by women were using sunscreen and staying in the shade.  Wide brimmed hats and wearing long sleeves were least common behaviors.

For men, covering up with pants and staying in the shade were most common and wearing hats and long sleeves were also least common behaviors.

The use of sunscreen in men and women  has increased in the past decade.

“These results suggest that additional efforts are needed to identify and implement effective strategies targeting younger adults to improve their sun protective behaviors and prevent sunburn and ultimately skin cancer,” the authors write.
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