Chapter 10. Do Sunscreens Reduce the Incidence of Skin Cancers?

  1. Chris Williams1,
  2. Vivien Bramwell2,
  3. Xavier Bonfill3,
  4. Jack Cuzick4,
  5. John F Forbes5,
  6. Robin Grant6,
  7. David Guthrie7,
  8. Malcolm Mason8,
  9. Peter Simmonds9,
  10. Arun D Singh10,
  11. Rosalynne Weston11 and
  12. Hywel C Williams12
  1. Rosalynne Weston

Published Online: 19 OCT 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470987360.ch10

Evidence-based Oncology

Evidence-based Oncology

How to Cite

Weston, R. (2003) Do Sunscreens Reduce the Incidence of Skin Cancers?, in Evidence-based Oncology (eds C. Williams, V. Bramwell, X. Bonfill, J. Cuzick, J. F. Forbes, R. Grant, D. Guthrie, M. Mason, P. Simmonds, A. D. Singh, R. Weston and H. C. Williams), BMJ Publishing Group, London, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470987360.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Cochrane Cancer Network, Institute of Health Sciences, Oxford, UK

  2. 2

    Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary, Canada

  3. 3

    Iberoamerican Cochrane Centre, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain

  4. 4

    Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London, UK

  5. 5

    Department of Surgical Oncology, Newcastle Mater Hospital, University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia

  6. 6

    Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Edinburgh, UK

  7. 7

    Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, Derby, UK

  8. 8

    Department of Clinical Oncology, Velindre NHS Trust, Whitechurch, Cardiff, UK

  9. 9

    Cancer Research UK Oncology Unit, Southampton General Hospital, UK

  10. 10

    Wills Eye Hospital, Oncology Service, Philadelphia, USA

  11. 11

    Cochrane Cancer Network, Oxford, UK

  12. 12

    Centre of Evidence-based Dermatology, University of Nottingham, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 OCT 2007
  2. Published Print: 19 MAY 2003

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780727914392

Online ISBN: 9780470987360



  • sunscreens;
  • photodermatoses;
  • sunburn;
  • actinic keratoses;
  • placebo


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Background

  • Can the use of sunscreen prevent cutaneous melanoma?

  • Can the use of sunscreen reduce the risk of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)?

  • Do multistrategy interventions increase intention to use sunscreens as a protective measure for reducing the risk of melanoma and non-melanocytic skin cancers?

  • Recommendations for future research

  • Conclusions