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Men less likely to use suncream

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Research has found that men are less likely to use suncream than women during times when the sun reaches its peak heat.

The Cancer Research UK survey found that 66% of women use factor 15 or higher, compared with just 47% of men, and that women are also more likely to wear a T-shirt or long sleeves.

And just 2% of women polled said they needed their partner to remind them to use suncream, compared to 10% of men.

Some 68% of women said they wore sunglasses to shield their eyes from the sun’s glare - compared with just 53% of men.

The findings, based on a poll of more than 2,000 people, also found that 23% of men do not bother with suncream at all. This was compared to 15% of women.

The findings come despite the fact that 96% of those polled said they knew sunburn can increase the risk of someone getting cancer.

However, 22% said even though they understood the cancer risk, they still wanted a tan.

More than 6,000 women are diagnosed with malignant melanoma each year, alongside around 5,600 men.

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