Relatives of melanoma patients in danger

YOUNG people with a family risk of melanoma still think sun tanning is desirable, a survey shows.

The US survey analysed sun protection and sunbathing behaviours in 545 first degree relatives of patients with melanoma.  

Most participants were aware sunscreen would protect them against skin cancer, they endorsed fewer benefits of sunbathing and were concerned with premature ageing.

However, data showed younger women were more likely to report higher levels of sunbathing and perceive more benefits to sun tanning. 

BMC Public Health In Press.