Cancer “protection” might cause the disease
Think slathering on sunscreen is going to help prevent skin cancer? The Environmental Working Group has a new study showing the summer staple could have the opposite effect.
We’re about to get into the full swing of summer, and that means a few changes in the routine. Cold glasses of iced tea by the pool. Trips to the beach with the family. And, of course, slathering on the sunscreen.
Well, you might want to rethink that last one.
Because that sunscreen the mainstream swears helps to prevent skin cancer could actually be CAUSING it.
Researchers at the Environment Working Group found that almost half of the 500 most popular sunscreen products filling store shelves this time of year may actually increase the speed at which cancer cells develop.
In fact, they only consider 39 of those 500 to actually be safe and effective. The others are plagued with a host of problems, including overstatement about performance, a lack of oversight by the FDA, and use of the hormone-disrupting chemical oxybenzone.
Those SPF numbers? Turns out they are often completely meaningless.
It’s bad news, sure, but it couldn’t have come at a better time. Dr. Wright devotes much of the July issue to the prevention of sunburns (and how to get a better tan!). Nutrition & Healing readers probably also recall a fascinating read on the real culprit behind skin cancer in the May issue.
In the July issue, you’ll read about a way to reduce your risk of skin cancer with a supplement incorporating all the goodness of a Mediterranean (where you don’t see a whole lot of sunburned people) diet.
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“Study: Many Sunscreens May Be Accelerating Cancer,” AOL News (www.aolnews.com)