What You Don’t Know About Sunscreen
June 20, 2014
June 20, 2014
This week on my walk from South Station to the office I felt the warm morning sun shining down on me. I finally realized, after our long and cold winter, summer is officially here. I’m the type of person that likes to lie on the beach and fall asleep in the sun, but I’ve always made sure to apply sunscreen to prevent skin cancer.
However as this summer approaches, scientists are warning that sunscreen can’t completely protect you from the deadliest of skin cancers. A recent study found that using high-protection sunscreen does help against the majority of sun damage but if you get enough radiation it’s still possible to get malignant melanoma.
Currently the Public Access to SunScreens (PASS) Coalition, representing the sunscreen ingredients companies, is using public relations initiatives to urge the industry to support the Sunscreen Innovation Act which encourages the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve next generation sunscreens; the latest safe, effective and innovative sunscreen products that protect against UVA rays; in less than 11 months.
The findings in this research and PASS Coalition efforts present a perfect opportunity for the $1 billion sunscreen industry and the public to continue to lobby lawmakers. Given the fact that about 86 percent of melanomas can be attributed to exposure to UVR from the sun, and skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, having better, more effective products on the market is a positive step in the direction of prevention.
In the meantime, don’t stop using sunscreen and make sure when you’re outside soaking up the summer warmth you reapply once every hour to two hours. Here are some more tips on prevention.