• search
For Quick Alerts
For Daily Alerts

62pc Australians sit on the beach without wearing sunscreen

By Abdul Nisar

Melbourne, Nov 21 (ANI): A recent poll has revealed that despite endless reminders, most Australians still think it is safe to sit on the beach without sunscreen.

The Newspoll survey found that 62 percent believe they are not in danger of getting any skin damage if they expose their skin to the sun, reports The Daily Telegraph.

According to the results, the Aussies on an average will wait 15 minutes before lathering on the factor 30.

But the statistics have shocked experts, who warn people will easily burn in less than 15 minutes on a summer's day.

Dr John D'Arcy said too many Australians were still unaware of the fact that unprotected UV exposure would cause skin damage.

"There is no such thing as safe tanning and it is alarming that Australians still don't understand the severity of the Australian sun. The reality is there are too many skin cancer deaths in Australia and many of these deaths are preventable," he said.

"Through sun care education and communicating to Australians that there is no such thing as a safe time spent in the sun without sunscreen, I think as a nation, we can tackle this epidemic and reduce these fatalities," he added.

The survey of 1,209 Aussies, commissioned by Surf Life Saving Australia, also revealed the amount of time people think they can spend in the sun without sunscreen before starting to cause skin damage varies with age.

The younger generation, aged 18-34, will spend 18 minutes in the sun unprotected; compared to only 13 minutes among those aged 35-64. Men on average say 21 minutes is okay, compared to only 10 minutes among women. (ANI)

For Daily Alerts
Get Instant News Updates
Notification Settings X
Time Settings
Clear Notification X
Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
Settings X
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Oneindia website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more