New Sunscreen Safety Guide Published this Week

by: cancercompass

The Environmental Working Group released its 2010 Sunscreen Guide on Monday, which claims that some sunscreens may actually increase the risk of melanoma skin cancer, which is the deadliest type of the disease. We recently discussed the American Cancer Society's measures for preventing harmful sun exposure.

"Scientists speculate that sunscreen users stay out in the sun longer and absorb more radiation overall, or that free radicals released as sunscreen chemicals break down in sunlight may play a role," according to the EWG website.

"Hats, clothing and shade are still the only completely reliable sun protection," Jane Houlihan, EWG's vice president for research, told the Los Angeles Times.

EWG's 2010 Sunscreen Guide provides information about which sunscreens the organization recommends, sun safety tips, and the research the organization wants to make public.

"The Food and Drug Administration’s 2007 draft sunscreen safety regulations say: 'FDA is not aware of data demonstrating that sunscreen use alone helps prevent skin cancer' (FDA 2007). The International Agency for Research on Cancer agrees. IARC recommends clothing, hats and shade as primary barriers to UV radiation and writes that 'sunscreens should not be the first choice for skin cancer prevention and should not be used as the sole agent for protection against the sun,' (IARC 2001a)" according to the EWG website.

What are your thought's regarding EWG's 2010 Sunscreen Guide? Do you rely heavily on sunscreen, or clothing, hats and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun?

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