The high rates of skin cancer among men and women continue to rise in many parts of the Western world, but only some people take appropriate steps to reduce their risk.
According to the Northern Ireland Omnibus Survey published in September 2008, unmarried men, and males in their teens and early twenties were most likely to forget about or ignore the need for sun protection on a regular basis.
Respondents of the survey conducted by the British Association of Dermatologists stated that they used sunscreen as a primary form of sun protection, and were less likely to worry about more important factor such as covering up with lightweight clothing in the sun, and sitting in the shade.
Dermatologists point out that while sunscreen does offer several benefits for protecting the skin, it does not guarantee complete coverage. Staying out of direct sunlight – especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m – and wearing appropriate clothing are still better measures for reducing the risk of sunburn and skin cancer.
Researchers point out that “It is really interesting that unmarried people and those without children take the least care in the sun - it would be worth examining what the obstacles are for these people, and perhaps we need to look at tailoring our prevention campaigns for specific audiences in the future." (Source: MedicalNewsToday.com)
And what about women?
According to the study conducted by the British Association of Dermatologists, married women with children are more likely to seek the shade and wear appropriate clothing than men.
Women may be less at risk for sunburn and skin cancer because of the cosmetic products they use. Many facial products and skincare treatments have SPF in the ingredients. However, women who go tanning on a regular basis, or sunbathe on the beach without appropriate sun protection, would increase their risk of getting sunburn or developing skin cancer.