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Teens obsession With Tanning Causes Concern

by Kathy Jones on July 5, 2010 at 6:47 PM
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 Teens obsession With Tanning Causes Concern

A survey by the Teenage Cancer Trust has found that 26% of teenagers aged 13 to 19 years are at a high risk of developing skin cancer as they get sunburned while trying to get tanned.

The survey also found that 31% of them never used sun-cream. Astonishingly 55% of the teens believe that the sun in Britain is not as harmful as in other places across the world.

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"We need to make young people more aware of the dangers of cancer in later life," said trust spokesman Simon Davis.

The survey also found that some 22% of teenagers have been badly burnt as they fell asleep under the sun. Furthermore, 74% believed that it is not possible to get burnt on cloudy days.

In order to increase awareness of the risk of skin cancer, the Trust is launching a campaign called Shunburn, which will send burn alert SMS' to teenagers on hot days.




Source: Medindia
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