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7/16: Fun in the Sun = Sunscreen?


7/16: Fun in the Sun = Sunscreen?

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.  So, are Americans taking a key step to protect themselves from getting this disease?



Despite all of the attention given to the prevention of skin cancer, four in ten Americans nationwide report they never wear sunscreen before going outside during the summer months.  And, an additional 31% only apply sunscreen a few days during the season.  Just 29% wear it most days or every day.  This includes one-fifth who use it most days, and 9% who apply it everyday.

Those most likely to apply sunscreen most days or everyday during the summer are residents in the Northeast, those who earn $50,000 or more annually, white residents, Americans age 30 to 44, and women.

Table: Summer Sunscreen Wearers

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  1. Willa

    March 2, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    Marcus — dubious about sunscreen? You must (must) apply a sunscreen if you’re out for any length of time. The science is sound.

  2. Marcus West

    January 7, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    I am dubious about sunscreen to be honest. Apparently its ability to filter UV light is limited

    I believe there was a study in Australia that showed that a demographic of office workers who spent comparatively little time in the sun had a far higher rate of skin cancer than a demographic of outdoor workers….

    There are in fact lots of factors involved in contracting cancer. The most important preventative factor is to eat the right foods which will supply your skin with the appropriate nutrients in order to regenerate itself properly. Sorry for being a bore…

  3. Paul Brooke

    October 4, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Being a surfer, I know all too well how important it is to cover up every morning, even when the sun does not feel strong, before entering the water. It is true most people do not realize that sunscreen needs to be reapplied several times throughout the summer’s days, but also just how important it is to wear sunscreen in general. Climate change is no myth. The atmosphere in many places is dissolving and unfortunately for us this means more harmful UV rays will be penetrating our skin. This past summer, 2010, was not only one of the hottest and driest on record but also a summer which had an exceptional number of days where the UV exposure was above 8 out of 10. Sunscreen is not a joke, apply and reapply if you value your life and stay out of tanning beds. Your health is worth much more than your looks!

  4. The Woman Men Adore and Never Want to Leave

    August 9, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    It’s not just whether you use sunscreen every day, but also how many times a day you re-apply. Most people don’t realize that sunscreen has to be re-applied at least every hour or 2 hours.

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    August 4, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    I think it’s an important point to include that you should find a sunscreen without parabens and other manmade chemicals. The more natural the ingredients the better.

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