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Does Sunscreen Cause Cancer?

Does Sunscreen Cause Cancer?
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By    |   Wednesday, 22 August 2018 12:35 PM

We've been taught for decades to slather on sunscreen to protect ourselves from skin cancer, the most common type of cancer in the United States.

But recently, there have been claims that sunscreen itself may be carcinogenic. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rates of skin cancer has doubled in the last 30 years. Interestingly, the use of sunscreen has also doubled.

"The statistics are staggering — mortality rates for melanoma are increasing faster than those for all other common cancers after esophageal cancer,” Dr. Elizabeth Hale, a dermatologist in New York City says in Allure magazine. Hale serves as vice president of The Skin Cancer Foundation.

Dr. Leonard Coldwell, PhD, a holistic practitioner, says that sunscreen itself may be causing cancer. He points out that sunscreen blocks UVB rays, which reduces your ability to produce the important cancer fighter and immune booster, vitamin D.

"Currently over 70 percent of the U.S. population suffers from vitamin D deficiency,” he says.

He also points out that sunscreen contains potentially harmful chemicals that are carcinogenic.

According to BreastCancer.org: "Many of these chemicals protect us from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays, but research strongly suggests that at certain exposure levels, some sunscreen products may cause cancer in some people.

"Many of these chemicals are also hormone disruptors that can affect women who are hormone positive breast cancer candidates, causing estrogen fueled cancer to develop and grow.”

The organization recommends that instead of depending on chemical sunscreens, we protect ourselves by wearing wide brimmed hats that cover the face, and cover our skin with protective clothing.

Dr. Anthony Youn, a renowned holistic beauty expert and author of The Age Fix, tells Newsmax that while we should avoid using sunscreen with ingredients such as oxybenzone and parabens, sunscreens are not only safe to use but can protect your skin against ultraviolet rays which have been proven to cause skin cancer.

"Stick with sunscreens that contain zinc oxide, titanium oxide, avobenzone and mexoryl,” he says. "You will protect your skin from burning AND from getting future skin cancer.”

The Environmental Working Group, a watchdog consumer advocate group, has a comprehensive guide of the safest sunscreen products.

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