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Commonly Held Misconceptions about Sun Exposure

All these statements are incorrect!!

  • It is possible to tan safely — wrong!
  • A tan provides protection from the harmful effects of the sun — no it doesn’t.
  • Only sunburn is a cause for concern — all exposure to UV rays can be damaging.
  • You need plenty of sun to avoid a vitamin D deficiency — wrong!
  • You only need sun protection when it is hot and sunny — wrong!
  • The sun is only harmful in the middle of the day — wrong!
  • You only need protection if you are going to be outdoors for an hour or more — wrong!
  • Sunscreen is adequate protection on its own — it’s not enough.
  • Olive and darker-skinned people cannot get burnt/skin cancer — anyone can get skin damage.
  • Only exposure as a child really matters. Exposure as an adult is not so important as the damage is done — wrong!
  • Only those with extreme tans are at risk of premature ageing — wrong!
  • Only older people need to look for skin changes — everyone needs to monitor their skin.

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