Saturday, May 26, 2012

Sunscreen Guide: What To Wear, When And Why

Memorial Day rings in the summer season and, along with barbecue equipment, beach toys and sandals, stores are beginning to pad their shelves with sunscreen. That's a great thing: sun damage is responsible for 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers in the United States, itself the most common form of cancer in the United States, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. In fact, more than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States.

“The risk of skin cancer is very real," FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg said in a recent statement in support of the government's first annual "Don’t Fry Day" on May 25. “The FDA strongly recommends that consumers regularly use a Broad Spectrum sunscreen with an SPF value of 15 or higher in combination with other protective measures to more effectively protect themselves and their families whenever they are in the sun.” But with so many options on store shelves -- not to mention an impending change in the way that sunscreens are labeled and rated -- selecting the appropriate sun protection can be a confusing endeavor.You should read the Full Story

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