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Individuals reducing UV ray exposure for cancer reasons Europe 2019, by country

A survey in 2019 found that over 32 percent of Spanish respondents had actively reduced their exposure to UV rays in the last 12 months with the aim of reducing their risk of developing cancer. On the other hand, less than 17 percent of French individuals have taken the step of reducing their UV exposure.

Share of individuals who have reduced exposure to harmful UV rays* to reduce their risk of developing cancer in selected European countries in 2019

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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.
The source worded the question as follows: "Have you taken any steps in the last 12 months to reduce your risk of developing cancer? If yes, what steps have you taken with the specific aim of reducing your risk of cancer?"
Data shows share of respondents who selected 'I have reduced exposure to harmful UV rays.'

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