- Both the FDA and the International Agency for Research on Cancer agree that there is no evidence that sunscreen prevents cancer. Hats, shirts and shade are the primary barriers.
- There is some evidence that sunscreens may actually increase the risk of skin cancer. It's unclear why, but researchers speculate that it could be that sunscreen consumers stay out in the sun too long or that the sunscreen product is inferior.
- While there are more products than ever with a SPF higher than 50, there is no proof that they are better. In fact, they may encourage consumers to stay out in the sun too long.
- Vitamin A, a common sunscreen ingredient (in as many as 41% of sunscreens), may actually speed the development of cancer. The FDA recently conducted a study of vitamin A’s photocarcinogenic properties, and there is a possibility that it results in cancerous tumors when used on skin exposed to sunlight.
Please take the time to check out the guide, read the dangers of some of the most common sunscreens on the store shelves and find out why the FDA has yet to wrap up sunscreen regulations that they started 32 years ago in 1978.
And, yes there is still a recommendation by the FDA to get 10 minutes of sunshine several times a week to help boost Vitamin D. Happy Summer! Enjoy the sun...just enjoy it wisely!