Sun protection and outdoor sports

Children who participate in outdoor sports are at increased risk of developing UV radiation-induced skin lesions, researchers say

These authors investigated the relationship between outdoor sports and the development of melanocytic naevus in 660 11-year-olds and evaluated the UV-protective measures used by football players and the public at a one-day tournament.

Children who practised outdoor sports had higher naevus and acquired naevus counts. The children and parents at the one-day tournament were inadequately protected against the sun. The authors conclude that sun protection campaigns should target children taking part in outdoor sports.
Mahe E, Beauchet A, de Paula Correa M et al. Br J Dermatol 2011; 165: 360-7

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