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Concern lingers over sunscreen use

ALARMING research conducted by Cancer Council Queensland shows only 55 per cent of Australians use sunscreen, down from 61 per cent in 2014.

About 17 per cent of respondents were worried that sunscreens contained harmful ingredients, while 20 per cent believed that using sunscreen regularly would result in not having enough vitamin D.

Cancer Council Australia public health committee member Craig Sinclair said he was concerned too many Australians were not trusting sunscreen at a time when the evidence was stronger than ever.

"Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. Sunscreen has been proven to prevent skin cancer, including the most deadly type which is melanoma,” Mr Sinclair said.

"The biggest concern when it comes to sunscreen is that Australians aren't applying it correctly and are getting sunburnt as a result.

"We also know many don't apply sunscreen 20 minutes before heading outdoors or don't regularly reapply every two hours.”

Mr Sinclair said sunscreen is vital to ensuring your skin is kept protected from the sun and against the UV rays.

"Sunscreen offers the best protection from damaging UV when used alongside protective clothing, hats, shade and sunglasses,” Mr Sinclair said.


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