skin cancer: How Dangerous is Your Sunscreen?

The article below deals with a very important question: how dangerous is your sunscreen? It is very important to know that using sunscreen is very safe when it comes to preventing skin cancer. Kids under 10 years of age who do not wear sunscreen are 50 percent more likely to get skin cancer compared to adults who do. So it is very important that we become informed about sunscreens to protect our kids, and young men and women who are most likely to expose themselves to sunlight.

Recently in around November 2013 Hugh Jackman a very popular actor in the hit movie the Wolverine, discover that he had one of the three types of skin cancers known as basal cell carcinoma. He took it upon himself to bring awareness about preventing skin cancer by developing a sunscreen that he called Pure Sun Defense designed to fight skin cancer which is the fastest growing cancer in America.

It is very encouraging for someone of such prominence to bring awareness of such a devastating disease and come up with a product that tends to address the solution but how dangerous is the sunscreen that are being produced today? The article below is very interesting because it addresses this particular question, and as you will read it, you will be well informed on what to look for in a sunscreen.

How Dangerous is Your Sunscreen?


By Sara Bliss, Senior Writer

Could there be a serious health hazard lurking in your sunscreen? Oxybenzone, an ingredient found in over 40% of sunscreens, is either potentially dangerous causing reproductive toxicity, endocrine disruption, allergies, and organ system toxicity—or it’s safe in small amounts—depending on whom you ask. To weed through the contradictory information I spoke to dermatologists, skin cancer experts, the FDA, scientists, and beauty brands.
On the anti-oxybenzone side are natural health and beauty advocates armed with data from the nonprofit health watchdog Environmental Working Group. “We do know there are potential hazards of oxybenzone in terms of endocrine disruption,” explains EWG’s Senior Scientist Dave Andrews. The EWG lists over 20 studies and references citing oxybenzone as a hormone disrupter and allergen that can cause cellular level changes. Andrews points to a recent study in Denmark in which male fish exposed to higher concentration of oxybenzone developed characteristics of female fish and higher estrogen levels.
However, Dr. Steve Wang who is a spokesperson for the Skin Cancer Foundation and the head of dermatological surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Basking Ridge says he isn’t concerned about oxybenzone as a hormone disrupter. “There is no doubt there is an estrogen binding affinity,”

After reading this article, my conclusions shows that there is an alternative to sunscreen because the main reasons why people use sunscreens is because the want to have a tan during the summer. But is there an alternative to having a tan? I think there is and it is known as Idol Tan. It is a product that will give anyone who desires to have a tan to do so without exposing themselves to sunlight, and thus eliminating the chances of them being exposed to the elements and developing skin cancer. You can read the reviews about Idol Tan and then decide if it is something that you would want to try.



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