Skin cancer has become a growing public health problem in recent years, and one simple way to avoid this condition is to use sunscreen on a regular basis.
Many people who never forget to use sunscreen while heading to the beach may be less likely to remember to use it while driving or working in the yard. One long-term risk of spending too much time in the sun with insufficient skin protection is melanoma.
Even those who survive this highly dangerous diagnosis will still find themselves saddled with higher health and life insurance costs, since companies will see such clients as a higher risk.
According to a recent Marist Poll, a large percentage of people say they do not use sun screen, despite the health risks associated with not doing so. Nationwide, 40 percent of respondents said they never use sun screen. In the Northeast, 31 percent said they never use sunscreen, while 46 percent of southerners and 37 percent of westerners said the same thing.
By a 48-32 percent margin, men were also more likely than women to say that they never use sunscreen. Also, only 9 percent of residents nationwide reported that they use sunscreen every day.