A survey by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) has found that most Scots are risking skin cancer by using chip fat as a tanning agent. The YouGov survey of 1,000 people in Scotland also found that four out of 10 Scots liked to experiment with their own sun tan lotions such as cooking oil and moisturizer.
"This is a serious issue. I am worried that people still think the warnings about the sun do not apply to them. In Scotland we have higher rates of melanoma than in Australia," said RPSGB spokeswoman Laura Wilson. "Scots tend to think they do not need to use sun creams at home but people must respect the sun at all times and make sure they use a recommended sun protection cream."
Around 25% of those surveyed said they used sun lotions that did not have the requisite protection, while one in 10 admitted to binge tanning. The RPSGB is asking Scots to get advice from their local pharmacies on how best to avoid sun damage.
"They are in an ideal position to give advice on how to prevent sun damage, make sure people get the right protection for their skin and know when and how to apply the right amount safely. They can also advise on aftercare treatments if people are suffering from sunburn," Wilson said.