2007-08-10 / Community

Survey: Sun-Safe Behavior Lacking On Beach

A recent survey showed that 40 percent of people never wear sunscreen, and those who do wear sunscreen are not re-applying frequently enough. A survey by GfK Roper Public Affairs and Media, conducted for iVillage, in partnership with The Skin Cancer Foundation, revealed that only 28 percent of people who use sunscreen are reapplying it every two hours.

"We want people to enjoy their summer vacations," said Perry Robins, MD, President, The Skin Cancer Foundation. "We just need to educate them on how to do so safely."

Apply sunscreen before putting on your bathing suit. Use a generous amount (two tablespoons or more) of water resistant sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15, all over. The sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before heading outside and reapplied every two hours, or after swimming or sweating excessively.

Cover up with clothing. If you are not swimming, keep yourself covered with a tightly woven wide-brimmed hat, UV protective sunglasses and a beach cover-up.

Watch the time. The sun is strongest between 10 AM and 4 PM, so try an early-morning or late-afternoon trip to the beach.

The first organization in the U.S. committed to educating the public and medical professionals about sun safety, The Skin Cancer Foundation is still the only global organization solely devoted to the prevention, detection and treatment of skin cancer.

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