17 Jun '11, 9pm

FDA Announces New Sunscreen Rules:

FDA Announces New Sunscreen Rules:

Goodness. After a mere 33 years of consideration, the Food and Drug Administration has decided to firm up the rules for sunscreen manufactures. The new regulations will effect how sunscreen can be labeled, and are intended to help clarify the often-confusing claims of sun protection. According to an article in The New York Times, more than two million people in the United States are treated annually for the two most common types of skin cancer (basal cell and squamous cell), while more than 68,000 receive a diagnosis of the most deadly form of the disease, melanoma. Sunscreens have not been shown to prevent the initial case of basal cell carcinoma, but they delay reoccurrences of basal cell and have been shown to prevent squamous cell and melanoma. Among the new guidelines: • To be designated as “broad spectrum,” sunscreens must protect equally against UVB rays (which caus...

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