What Your Gen Z Patients Don't Know about Sun Protection

One in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). In 2022, there will be an estimated 198 000 new cases of melanoma diagnosed, the Academy reports.

As summer 2022's record high temperatures fuel dangerous conditions across the US, adequate heat and sun protection are higher priorities than usual. Findings from a new AAD survey conducted just before the Fourth of July weekend underscore the caution.

The survey of more than 1,000 US adults revealed that many of those aged 18-25 years, aka Generation Z, are not aware of the dangers associated with sun overexposure and are not protecting themselves sufficiently. Misconceptions include the protective value of a "base tan" and that regular clothing provides protection from UV rays.

Click through the survey findings in this short slide show to learn more about the information Gen Z is missing and how you can educate all of your patients on optimal sun safety.