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Skin

27 July 2010

Sunscreen Concerns Unfounded, Experts Say

Cancer reports questionable; skin protection essential, they note

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"Are you going to make a decision that could impact your -- or your kids' -- future by allowing yourself to get skin cancer and wrinkle and age prematurely based on some information from a lab study on animals in Europe? The answer is no," Dover said.

  • Wear a hat and protective clothing, for example, brands that have a UV protection factor built in. Make sure the hat is not one with a lot of holes and also has a one-inch rim that goes all the way around, Day said.
  • Try to walk or do other activities in the shade.
  • Avoid being out in the sun between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Keep in mind that "the shorter your shadow, the more dangerous the rays of the sun. UVB rays are at their highest intensity at the middle of the day," Day said.
  • Never go to tanning salons because they emit the same damaging rays as the sun, she warned.

 

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