Recent research produced some very surprising skin cancer statistics about whether people who have suffered from skin cancer take the proper sun precautions afterward. A recent study suggests that while people may be somewhat more careful after a bout with skin cancer, it still does not convince them all to take even the most basic precautions such as using sunscreen or wearing a hat.
The study analyzed data from approximately 760 adults who had a history of skin cancer, along with more than 34,000 who did not have any history of the condition. Those with a history of skin cancer were about two times more likely to use sunscreen and more than 50 percent more likely to wear long sleeves and hats over the individuals who don’t have a history of skin cancer.
However, the study also showed that the skin cancer was not associated with the lower rates of sunburn. The results were surprising even after studying the fact that some individuals are just more susceptible to sunburns. Lead researcher and study author, Alexander Fisher of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, stated that they were surprised by the study results. He states, “This population is already at high risk for developing a subsequent skin cancer.
Interestingly, other researchers say that these sunburn occurrences may not be deliberate. Says Dr. David Leffell, chief of skin cancer and dermatologic surgery at Yale School of Medicine, “Most sunburns in patients who have had skin cancer are not the result of intentional sunning – as on the beach, etc. – but from moments of inattention, or unexpected such as on the playing field, walking outdoors, etc.” The study also pointed out that it is imperative that doctors talk to skin cancer patients about the importance of sun protection.
Dr. Thomas Wright of the Laser Lipo and Vein Center says, “My staff and I understand how important sun protection is, especially for those who have had skin cancer, along with those who may be at a higher risk for the condition. We want to ensure that our patients have all the information necessary to help them protect themselves from the harmful rays.” He continues, “We urge anyone who may be in a high risk group for skin cancer to contact us to discuss ways to prevent this often serious condition.”