Even Skin Cancer Survivors Don’t Use Enough Sunscreen, Hopkins Study Says

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We should all be wearing sunscreen — but clearly, not enough of us are, considering the fact that skin cancer rates are on the rise. But you’d think that people who’ve survived skin cancer would be particularly good at making sure they’re protected. Not so, recent research out of Johns Hopkins has found.

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s School of Dermatology asked nearly 35,000 Americans about their health history and sun protection/avoidance habits and found that nearly 30 percent of skin cancer survivors still get sunburns, even though they’re marginally better than their peers at using hats/sunscreen/shade to avoid the sun.

That high rate of sunburn implies that dermatologists aren’t doing an effective job of instructing patients on how to stay safe in the sun. “These results suggest that physicians need to go the extra step in educating patients on the most optimal way of utilizing sun protection methods,” Hopkins dermatologist and study author Anna Chien says. “Public health messages should also emphasize not only sun protection, but how to do it correctly.”

See here for more on how to make sure you’re using sunscreen correctly.

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