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Can sunscreen cause cancer?
You may have seen stories in the media regarding a study claiming that sunscreen do not help protect a person from skin cancer. According to an epidemiological review of ten previously published studies, presented at an American Association of the Advancement of Science meeting in Philadelphia, February 1998, by Dr. Marianne Berwick, an epidemiologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, “based on the evidence, we conclude that sunburn itself probably does not cause melanoma, but that it is an important sign of excessive sun exposure, particularly among those who are genetically susceptible because of their skin type.”

Ongoing debate
Dermatologists have debated for some time whether or not sun exposure is related to skin melanomas, so there is conflicting information for this deadly form of skin cancer. The importance of protecting skin from UVA rays (skin-cancer and wrinkle-causing rays) as well as UVB rays (sun burning rays) has now been demonstrated. It is only recently that cosmetics chemists have started formulating sunscreen with ingredients that can protect equally from both UVB and UVA damage. People who used traditional sunscreens over that ten-year period were putting their skin at risk because they were getting sunburn protection only, while still being exposed to harmful UVA rays. At the time, UVB sunburn-preventing products were so effective that people stayed out longer than they might ever have before, thus exposing their skin to the sun’s more damaging UVA rays for longer periods of time.

Types of skin
Studies also abound regarding the appearance of thickened, yellowed, mottled, sun-damaged skin versus the smooth, even, wrinkle-free appearance of someone who has stayed out of the sun; the contrast is a classic in dermatological annals. Staying completely out of the sun isn’t possible (nor would it be healthy). However, good sun protection is, at the very least essential for reducing or stopping the damage that causes most of the wrinkles we see on our skin, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and very likely melanoma.

Neutrogena Inten-sified Day Moisture SPF 15 is a lightweight, dermatologist-tested highly moisturising, non greasy cream, which provides an immediate surge of moisture. Dry skin is moisturised for 12 hours, even under make-up. It’s PABA-free, SPF 15, UVB/UVA sun protection that helps prevent premature signs of ageing. It is non-comedogenic, hypo-allergenic and fragrance-free.


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