Healthy living

One in four women plan not to use sun creams on holiday

One in four women plan not to use sun creams on holiday Sunburn a risk factor for skin cancer

Nearly one in four women don't plan to use sun creams when they go on holiday abroad this year, a survey has found.

A poll of 1,500 women by charity Macmillan Cancer Support found that 22 per cent of women don’t wear protective creams or lotions when they are abroad in a hot country.

Of those who said they never used sun tan lotion, 24 per cent said it was because they don't burn in the sun, 14 per cent said they thought sun creams were too expensive and 12 per cent believed it didn't work.

The poll also revealed that four in five (79%) of the women surveyed had been badly sunburnt in the past. Nearly half of the women (45%) also believed that after-sun lotion corrected at least part of the damage done to their skin by being burnt.

Malignant melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer, is now the second most common cancer in young adults between the ages of 15 and 34, according to Cancer Research UK, with melanoma rates in the UK quadrupling over the last three decades.

Cheaper holidays abroad in the sun and sun bed use are thought to be behind the rise.

Macmillan Information nurse specialist Carol Goodman said: "As people are preparing to go abroad for their annual holiday, it is very concerning that nearly a quarter of British women are putting themselves at risk of skin cancer by not wearing any suntan lotion abroad.

"Over two and a half thousand people die of skin cancer every year and so it is a real issue.

"You should put on your sun tan lotion on half an hour before going into the sun, let it soak in and then apply another layer.

"The lotion should be applied thickly to your skin or the protection you get may only be a quarter of what the bottle suggests. It should be reapplied every hour and you should avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm."

This article was published on Mon 30 April 2012

Image © Nikolay Okhitin -

Related Stories

Use this story

Skin cancer (malignant melanoma)
Link to this page
Printer friendly version

Share this page