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Study: Sunscreen crucial in childhood, but few doctors stress it

Posted September 4, 2013

— Cristina Riley listens to the advice of her children’s pediatrician and always slathers them with sunscreen.

Riley said her doctor has mentioned what to look for in a sunblock and how to apply it regularly.

A new study finds many doctors don't always have that conversation with their patients.

Researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine tracked 18 billion of patient visits from 1989 through 2010.

"Sunscreens are recommended at less than one in 1,000 of those visits," said Dr. Steve Feldman, professor of dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Sunscreen crucial in childhood, but many doctors don't stress it Few doctors talk to parents about children's sun protection

The study also found that doctors usually mentioned sunscreen to older patients, and often not to younger ones.

Researchers say the findings are concerning because up to 80 percent of sun damage is believed to happen before age 21. Sunburns during childhood greatly increase the risk of skin cancer.

"What we are really missing is recommending it to people who are younger to prevent skin cancers from ever forming in the first place," said Feldman.

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  • NoObamaCare Sep 10, 11:29 a.m.

    timexliving- The Ozone Layer is way less effective against harmful UV Rays now then it was back in the day.

  • MrsPage1989 Sep 9, 1:10 p.m.

    Our dr recommended it,, said use the highest protection we could find.

  • timexliving Sep 6, 6:29 p.m.

    Just one more fabricated crisis to keep people up at night. How did humanity survive before sunscreen?