Survey suggests men know less about skin cancer than women

13 May 2016

A survey conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) suggests women have more knowledge about the severity of skin cancer compared to men.

The results indicated only 56% of men know that skin cancer can occur on areas of the skin not typically exposed to the sun, compared to 65% of women.

Dermatologist and president of the AAD Dr Abel Torres said, "It's important for both men and women to protect their skin from harmful ultraviolet rays and regularly examine their entire body, including hard-to-see areas, for signs of skin cancer."

The results also indicated 54% of American men know that tanning is unhealthy compared to 76% of women.

The online survey had 1,020 respondents and was conducted by Relevant Research Inc in Chicago.

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