Burning issue of six-year-olds after a tan

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CHILDREN as young as six are determined to get a tan this summer, despite the risks.

A survey of 1,000 children aged six to 16 for high street chain Superdrug as part of its work with skin cancer charity Skcin found a third would ­sunbathe at “every available ­opportunity”.

Half of six- to eight-year-olds said they wanted to have a tan.

One in five intended to sunbathe without using suncream.

Richard Cryne, Superdrug’s sun-care buyer, said: “These findings are really alarming as they show children have little regard or knowledge of the dangers of the sun, or the consequences of spending time in the burning sun without protection.

“The average person receives 80 per cent of their lifetime exposure to the sun by age 18.”