Cancer Research UK and NIVEA SUN are encouraging people to safely enjoy the warm weather as new figures show a third of adults say they are more likely to protect their skin abroad than in the UK.
The YouGov poll, which asked 4,442 British adults about their behavior in the sun, found that around a fifth of adults (19%) said they would spend more time in the UK in the sun this year. And with 29% saying they had sunburn in the UK in the past 12 months, staying safe in the sun is vital.
Karis Betts, Health Information Manager at Cancer Research UK, advises, “Whether you’re staying or just out for a walk or picnic, it’s important to remember that the sun isn’t just strong abroad – it is can also be strong enough abroad. UK can also cause damage.
“Even if it doesn’t feel so warm or it’s a cloudy day, you can still get burned; a clear sign that the DNA in your skin cells has been damaged. Much of this damage is repaired, but the body is imperfect and some can be left behind. Over time, damage can build up and eventually lead to skin cancer. “
1 in 4 men in the UK do not use sunscreen
The numbers were released as part of a partnership between Cancer Research UK and NIVEA SUN, which offers advice so that everyone can enjoy the summer safely.
The key statistics from the survey include:
- A third of adults in the UK say they usually do nothing to protect themselves from the sun in their yard or outdoors.
- Almost a third admit to having burned in the UK last year.
- A quarter of men in the UK don’t put on sunscreen before going out in the sun on a sunny day.
- 1 in 20 – totaling nearly 2.6 million people in the UK adult population – say they will not look after their skin in the UK or abroad.
Experts point out that when on vacation or during everyday activities, it is important to protect the skin by covering it, looking for shade and regularly applying sunscreen.
“Avoid getting caught by checking the UV index on the weather forecast or online. When it’s 3 or higher, it’s time to think about sunscreen – especially if you have fair or light skin, or are easily burned, ”said Betts.
“Whatever you do, think about the three-step method to safely enjoying the warm weather – cover up, find shade, and regularly apply sunscreen.”
Stay healthy this summer
Cancer Research UK and NIVEA SUN have put together easy-to-remember advice on how to stay safe this summer when the sun is strong:
- Looking for shade. Especially between 11am and 3pm in the UK
- Cover with clothes. Wear t-shirt, hat and sunglasses
- Apply sunscreen. Apply one with at least SPF 15 and 4 or more stars regularly and generously
For more tips, see Cancer Research UK’s sun safety information.