Don’t Forget Your Sunglasses ! They Could Reduce Your Skin Cancer Risk


By Natalie Healey in Netdoctor.


How rigorous are you at applying sun protection? A new study from the University of Liverpool has found that many of us fail to put sunscreen on our faces properly. This is despite the face being a very common site for skin cancer.

More than 90 per cent of the most common skin cancer in the UK occurs on the head or neck, and between 5 per cent and 10 per cent of all skin cancers appear on the eyelids.

Experts are warning that a failure to apply sunscreen around the eye area is putting people at risk. The study was presented at the British Association of Dermatologists’ annual conference in Liverpool.

Dermatologists and cancer specialists are now warning people to take extra precautions such as wearing sunglasses and hats in the sun. Sunglasses protect not only the corneas in the eyes but the ‘highly cancer-prone eyelid skin’ – so don’t forget them.

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