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Young ignoring sun exposure risks

Young ignoring sun exposure risks

Young people are three times more likely to allow their skin to burn in the sun, research has shown.

Almost one in five (19%) teenagers and people in their 20s said they allow their skin to burn more than once a year, compared with 6% of those aged 31 to 60, and 3% of over-60s.

Younger people are also more likely to sit out in the sun during the hottest parts of the day.

Of those aged between 16 and 30, 54% soaked up the sun daily during summer, with 17% never avoiding the peak temperatures (11am to 3pm). This compares with 9% of 31 to 45-year-olds who choose not to seek shelter during the hottest times, and 6% of those aged 46 to 60.

The study of 1,000 people was carried out by the British Association of Dermatologists.

Dr Antonia Lloyd-Lavery, from Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust dermatology department, said: "Healthcare professionals must ensure that opportunities are taken to reinforce the importance of safe sun exposure among patients."

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