Sunblock – Enemy or Protector?

By Dr. David Friedman

Rates of melanoma – the most deadly form of skin cancer – have tripled over the past three decades. Ironically, sunscreen sales have quadrupled during this time. In addition to lotions, sun protection is commonly added to shampoo, makeup, lipstick, nail polish and  even clothing.  With so much protection from the sun, why did we have less skin cancer thirty years ago, during a time when sunblock didn’t even exist?   Most scientists and public health agencies – including the FDA itself – agree, there is very little evidence that sunscreen prevents most types of skin cancer. Even more surprising is the fact that the majority of products on the market designed to protect you from the sun can actually be hazardous to your health….

 

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