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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