Sunscreen Causes Cancer: New Study Confirms

 

Despite dermatologists’ advice to always wear sunscreen, even when it’s not summer, new study revealed it might cause cancer.

The report was published by the British Association of Dermatologists reveals that over 72% of the population reports receiving sunburn last year, even though they are exposed to the anti-tanning information and the proactive reminders about sunscreen on daily basis. Those 72% are twice as likely to develop skin cancer, a deadly form of melanoma.

According to the report the reason for increased risk of getting melanoma can be found in three cases: we don’t wear the proper kind of sunscreen, we do not apply it regularly, or we have been receiving false information about sunscreen in general.

Dr. Julie Sharp of Cancer Research UK said: “People tend to think they’re invincible once they’ve put it on and end up spending longer out in the sun, increasing their overall exposure to UV rays. This research adds important evidence showing that sunscreen has a role, but that you shouldn’t just rely on this to protect your skin.”

Researchers recommend thoughtful consideration while purchasing new sunscreen. It is important to find sunscreen that is effective on both UVA and UVB light. There can be sunscreen with a 50 SPF protection against UVA, but do absolutely nothing for UVB. Also, price means nothing.

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Just because sunscreen is expensive, it doesn’t mean it is automatically better and more effective. Same is with the creams and lotions, they aren’t necessarily better than cheaper ones. It is of huge importance to read the labels and make sure that your sunscreen has all the protection you want and need.

Malignant melanoma is skin cancer’s deadliest form. It is now the fifth most common cancer in the United Kingdom and the number one form of cancer in the United States.

Last year, breakthrough new studies into the damaging effects of ultraviolet A, which cause the long-term skin cancer, and ultraviolet B, the short-term burner of our skin, discovered that sunscreen that offered a sun protection factor (SPF) of 50 didn’t offer complete protection from the development of skin cancer. However, the reason for that can be also found in the fact that when people purchase and use a SPF 50, they usually assume they’re buying the best protection they can get, and tend to stay in the sun longer than recommended.

Melanoma is the most frequent form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for adolescents and young adults 15-29 years old.

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People under the age of 45 account for 25% of all melanoma cases. The occurrence rate of melanoma has doubled since 1973. The United States has experienced a significant increase in the amount of melanoma cases over the past few decades. The development of melanoma has increased 15 times in the last 40 years. This is a faster increase than for any other cancer. In the United Kingdom, figures are similar, but the highest incidence of melanoma is recorded in Australia and New Zealand.

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Expert Author : Syeda Kiran Zahra Hussain (Consumer Health Digest)

Syeda Kiran Zahra Hussain is a Pakistan origin health writer and nutritionist. After her basic education in Pakistan she moved to Oman for further studies and became "the First-Health Coach from the Sultanate". She is graduate of Psychology, Philosophy and English Literature, and was also nominated for "Full-Bright Scholarship Program," from St. Joseph College for women. Syeda is our lead contributing News Editor and she believes "Food is the best form of Preventive-Medicine".