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Charity warns over sun cream use

03 May 2012 09:17

Many women go without sun cream on holiday, a survey found

Many women go without sun cream on holiday, a survey found

The prospect of guaranteed sun is one of the reasons that Britons holiday abroad, yet a survey has found that almost a quarter of women don't pack sun cream in their suitcases.

Macmillan Cancer Support conducted a poll of 1,500 women, finding that 22% do not wear creams or sprays to protect them from UV rays when on overseas holidays.

The research was published as part of Sun Awareness Week, and will hopefully make more people think again when it comes to leaving sun cream at home.

When asked why they chose not to apply suntan lotion, the most common replies given included that people were unsure of its success in protecting their skin.

Others cited costs as a reason for shunning the cream, while some said they didn't burn.

After-sun lotion was believed to correct some of the damage done to their skin by the rays by almost half of the women in the poll.

Macmillan Information Nurse specialist Carol Goodman said: "Over 2,500 people die of skin cancer every year and so it is a real issue.

"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."

The warning offers a timely reminder for people to make sure they take the right precautions before heading off on holiday. When packing the sun cream holidaymakers should also arrange some medical travel insurance cover, to provide peace of mind for any holiday health issues.