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Consumer Reports Poll: Thirty-One Percent of Americans Never Use Sunscreen
Date:5/20/2009

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YONKERS, N.Y., May 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thirty-one percent of Americans polled by the Consumer Reports National Research Center said they never wear sunscreen. But consumers aren't oblivious to the sun's risks: 22 percent of those polled said they'd been examined by a doctor for something they thought might be skin cancer. The July issue of Consumer Reports rates ten top selling sunscreens to slather on, noting that there's plenty of variation among the brands tested. Consumers should choose carefully. The report will be available online at www.ConsumerReportsHealth.org.

Forty-five percent of sunscreen users said they were "especially bothered" by getting sunscreen in their eyes, while 41 percent were bothered by sand sticking to their skin. Another issue was cost, which 40 percent of respondents cited as bothersome. About one-third of respondents were bothered by stains and smells that wouldn't wash out and not being able to wash sunscreen off their hands. "But with Memorial Day on the horizon--and the official launch of summer--consumers should make sure they don't forget sunscreen. There are plenty of options--creams, lotions, different scents--to suit every preference," said Jamie Hirsh, associate editor, Consumer Reports. Forty-eight percent of sunscreen users who'd had a sunburn in the past two years said it happened during their first time out in the sun after months of little to no sun.

Other Survey Highlights

  • While the likelihood of both men and women wearing sunscreen seems to increase the longer they plan to be in the sun, women are significantly more likely to be frequent sunscreen users. When planning to spend 2 to 4 hours in the sun, 48 percent of women versus 27 percent of
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