Men take sun protection less seriously than women

  • Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Men are notorious for not taking their personal health as seriously as women.

Now, a survey demonstrates that men are guilty of not paying as much attention to sun exposure and suspicious moles or other skin spots.

In 2012, the American Academy of Dermatology took a survey and found that most men are “lax” when it comes to proper sun protection and are unsure how to examine their skin for cancer.

The survey showed that 29 percent of men say they “always” protect their skin, compared with 43 percent of women, while 39 percent of men and 28 percent of women agreed that they prefer to enjoy sunshine and not worry about protecting themselves from it.

And fewer than half of the men, 46 percent, indicated they knew how to examine their skin for signs of cancer, compared with 59 percent of women.

“This survey demonstrates that many men do not protect themselves from the sun ... and that some still believe that sun exposure is good for their health. This is a very troubling combination in light of the fact that the major risk factor for melanoma is exposure to ultraviolet light,” says Dr. Thomas Rohrer, associate professor of dermatology at the Brown University School of Medicine. “Men need to examine their skin and see a dermatologist if they spot anything changing, bleeding or growing.”

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