New research conducted in Australia revealed that protecting your children with sunscreen reduces their risks of developing melanoma by 40% in their adulthood. The prospects of developing melanoma, the most lethal form of skin cancer, gets higher with age.
As reported by the American Cancer Society, the melanoma form of skin cancer is the most prevalent one in young adults, especially among young women.
The scientists from the University Of Sidney, Australia, gathered the data from more than 1,700 Australians aged between 18 and 40 and compared the data of those who regularly used sunscreen protection during childhood to those of the participants who did not use these products.
“The association of sun exposure and sunburn with melanoma risk, particularly in childhood, is well established and this study showed that regularly using sunscreen was protective against the harmful effects of sun exposure,” explained Anne Cust, Director at the Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research department from the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health.
Sunscreen use in childhood reduces the risks of developing melanoma by 40%
Approximately two in three Australians will develop a form of skin cancer by the age of 70, while in the US, more than 90,000 people would develop melanoma in 2018.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the incidence rates of melanoma is increasing annually across the United States by about 1.5%.
To avoid exposure to UV radiations and reduce risks of developing skin cancer, including melanoma, the CDC recommends avoiding direct sun exposure, wearing hat and clothes to cover your legs and arms, using sunglasses with both UVA and UVB protection, and avoiding tanning beds use.
Also, the new Australian study recommends parents to use sunscreen protection for their children with SPF 15 or higher and protection against both UVA and UVB spectrum.
In short, the Australian researchers concluded that sunscreen use in childhood reduces the risks of developing melanoma by 40% in their adulthood.