One in ten teens believe fake tan causes cancer
Nearly 10% of young people think fake tanning products cause cancer, according to new research. The survey conducted by the Teenage Cancer Trust as part of its 2011 Shunburn campaign questioned over 600 13 to 24-year-olds on their attitudes to sunbeds, sun cream and self tan. The results suggested that better education is needed to help British teenagers become more aware of the sun's risks. One in three are lying in the sun without any protection and over half (58%) do not know how to apply sun cream properly. Researched also showed that 15% believe sunbeds help build a 'base tan' to prevent burning on holiday. Teenage Cancer Trust chief executive Simon Davies said: 'It's the sun damage done to skin when young that can lead to skin cancer in later life, which is why these findings are incredibly worrying.' The Shunburn campaign aims to educate young people on sun safety and is hoping to get support from MPs today. The campaigners are also calling on the health and wellbeing industry to educate their clients on how to look after their skin properly. A leaflet is set to release this week with information on signs and symptoms of skin cancer, including facts about sun cream and sunbeds.