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article imageWarning: Don't Trust Sunscreens

By Debra Myers     May 16, 2007 in Health
First we're told to make sure that we use sunscreens that are appropriate for our skin types. Now, scientists are saying that the best defense against the sun's UV rays, is to wear sun-blocking clothing or...get no sun at all. So, what does this mean?
Sunscreen has been effective against UV skin damage, and it does help to prevent basal carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas. But what hasn't been proven yet is that sunscreens prevent the worst kind of skin cancer: melanoma.
We tend to sunbathe for social reasons, and we are warned against abusing sunscreen to increase our time in the sun to the maximum. What is suggested here is to wear tightly-weaved that of denim, wool or polyester. (These people must be crazy!) They add that one needs to avoid wearing wet clothing, or clothes that have been bleached or which have been stretched.
Yet, if you decide to go out, do wear sunscreens that have zinc or titanium oxide. These scatter the UV rays and are least likely to cause allergies and are best for children. And to slather it on!
As a final word, these scientists also say to check your skin for signs of changes, like moles or blemishes. 1 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed this year, and if caught early enough, melanoma is highly treatable.
The standard rules of thumb still remain...stay out of the sun when it's at its hottest, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and if you want a good tan, use the sunless method to achieve it. Also...avoid tanning beds because the UV lights still cause cancer and wrinkling.
I can't imagine having to wear denim, wool or polyester outside when it's hot, let alone outside in the sun! I'll just stick to the old standby...sunscreen or sitting in the shade! Plus, if I want a tan...most of it will be poured out of a bottle!
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