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Sunscreen Use Among Teens on the Decline — Physician’s First Watch

Medical News |
August 22, 2014

Sunscreen Use Among Teens on the Decline

By Kelly Young

Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH

Fewer U.S. teens are slathering on sunscreen, according to a study in Preventing Chronic Disease.

High school students answered questions about sunscreen and tanning bed use as part of the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System in 2001 through 2011.

The percentage of teens who reported ever using sunscreen in the past 12 months declined from 68% in 2001 to 56% in 2011. Girls were more likely than boys to report using sunscreen. Overall, tanning bed use declined slightly from 16% in 2009 to 13% in 2011, but rates in 2011 were still high among white females, at 29%.

The authors conclude: "These findings indicate the need for prevention efforts aimed at adolescents to reduce risks for skin cancer."

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