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Suntan still considered “healthy” by a majority of medical laypersons

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Prof. Thierry Passeron, Université Côte d'Azur, France
EADV 2022
Information campaigns for skin cancer prevention remain astonishingly unsuccessful, as was shown by a large survey including data from 17,000 people from 17 countries. Many myths regarding sun exposure tenaciously remain, such as the belief that sun protection is not needed in cloudy weather or when people already have a tan. The survey included 6,000 participants from the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and Russia, while the remaining participants were from non-European countries, including North and South America, Africa, Oceania, and Asia [1]. Having a tan is still found attractive in 8 out of 10 Europeans and even more, 73% find a tan “healthy”. Inhabitants from non-European countries were slightly less enthusiastic about suntans than Europeans, with 67% saying a tan was attractive and 59% believing a tan was healthy. Did prevention campaigns at least result in better-informed, at-risk participants? Not really. According to a seco...

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