Sun-sensitive people need more than sunscreen to avoid sunburn

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(Reuters Health) - People with pale skin who are sensitive to the sun should use several sun-protective behaviors to avoid sunburn, according to a new study.

Those who only used sunscreen had a higher likelihood of burning versus those who also wore a hat, wore protective clothing, and sat in the shade.

For skin cancer prevention, it’s critical to understand how sun-protective behaviors are related to sunburn, said study leader Kasey Morris of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.

The survey asks participants what would happen to their skin if they were out in the sun for an hour after several months of not being exposed.

Most people - 77 percent - used at least one form of sun protection.

Wearing long sleeves was least common, at 16 percent.

Among the nearly 16,000 sun-sensitive respondents, those who only used sunscreen had the highest rate of sunburn, at 62 percent.

Sun-sensitive people with the lowest likelihood of sunburn didn’t use sunscreen but found shade, wore a hat and wore protective clothing.

Among the 12,000 non-sun-sensitive respondents, those who used four protective behaviors had the lowest likelihood of sunburn, at 7 percent.

The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer recommends limiting time in the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., using broad spectrum sunscreens above SPF 15, reapplying sunscreen every two hours, and wearing clothing to cover skin.

Author: @DailyCupofYoga

Source: reuters.com

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