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Attitudes towards the cancer risk of UV rays in Europe in 2019

In 2019, a survey revealed that 68.7 percent of British people believed that exposing skin to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays can increases a person's risk of developing cancer. In comparison, less than 50 percent of Germans believed that UV exposure increases cancer risk.

Share of individuals who think exposing the skin to harmful UV rays* increases a person's risk of developing cancer in Europe 2019, by selected countries

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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period

25 October 2019 to 25 November 2019

Age group

16-74 years

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* Either from the sun or from tanning beds or solariums.

Survey question was worded by the source as: "Which, if any, of the following do you personally think increases a person's risk of getting cancer? Exposing your skin to harmful UV rays."

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