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Sunscreens – considering perception versus reality

In a survey examining people’s beliefs about reducing the risk of skin cancer,1 the measure regarded most widely as being very important by almost everyone questioned was the use of sunscreen. The other measures listed – avoiding the midday sun, staying in the shade, wearing a wide-brimmed hat, and wearing cover-up clothing – were considered less important. So, given that sunscreen use is generally regarded as the most important and, by implication, the most effective, sun protection measure, is perception borne out by reality?
Dermatology in practice 2005; 13(1): 14–16
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