Who’s the worst at protecting their skin from the sun and skin cancer, men or women? Men are, according to the latest study on sunscreen use by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Only 14.3% of men said they regularly used sunscreen.
But women don’t win any awards for their efforts either.
Only 29.9% apply it to their face and bodies on a regular basis. And more than a third of both sexes who do use sunscreen weren’t sure whether the type they used provided broad-spectrum protection needed to protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
“UVB are higher energy and are responsible for sunburn,” explained senior analyst Sonya Lunder of the Environmental Working Group, a research advocacy group that publishes a list of best and worst sunscreens every year. “UVA rays are lower energy and are more constant year round, can go through glass and they are related to skin aging, known to depress the immune system, and are linked to melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer.”
Not surprisingly, the study found more women use sunscreen on their face than other parts of the body. Yet melanoma is most often found on the trunk of the body, says Dawn Holman, a behavioral scientist in CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control.
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