According to a new study, the use of sunscreen may lead to skin melanoma.
The study from the British Association of Dermatologists warns about the risks posed by the lotions that are overly marketed, yet fail to properly protect our skin.
Skin cancer can be easily avoided by keeping away from the sun, especially at peak hours. Wearing appropriate clothing can go a long way too. Yet, skin cancer affects one in five U.S. citizens according to reports from the Skin Cancer Foundation.
Yet, what is the problem with sunscreen? Thinking of all the attention these products have received in past year and warm recommendations to not leave the house without putting sunscreen on during the summer particularly, what could possibly be wrong?
The British Association of Dermatologists indicates that the latest research on sun-exposure caused skin melanoma show that most sunscreens on the market only offer either protection against ultraviolet A or ultraviolet B.
Ultraviolet A rays are the ones that cause the most damage. They are responsible for long-term skin cancer, the leading form of cancer in the U.S. and the fifth most common in the U.K. Ultraviolet B rays are responsible for short-term burns that can cause skin cancer. Ideally, a good sunscreen offers protection from both.
Nonetheless, it is still recommended that we don’t expose ourselves to the sunrays for long, even if we did find the miraculous product that could efficiently protect us from developing skin melanoma.
The research coming from the British Association of Dermatologists reports that 72 percent of those questioned confirmed that they suffered sunburns last year, despite using sun-protection products.
It seems that in light of this research we are either not using the right kind of sunscreen, or not reapplying it sufficiently often. At the same time, we might believe that using sunscreen, even if it is the right type, enables us to spend longer amounts of time in the sun.
All these misconceptions increased the risk of malignant skin melanoma. The only recommendations until further studies are conducted are to not be fooled by a for instance 50SPF sunscreen. Such a product may well focus on filtering just one type of UV leading to the false belief that we are safe.
Therefore, carefully check the labels of the products you are buying, making sure they offer complete protection from both UVA and UVB, regardless of the price. At the same time, keep sun exposure in limits, not forgetting that sunscreen can only go so far.
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