Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Surgeon Generals Warning on Skin Cancer Issued

The Surgeon General issued a warning on July 29th, 2014 for the first time about the dangers of sun exposure rising as a concern in our society.

An estimate of 5 million people are treated every year in the United States for skin cancer, more than Breast, Lung, Prostate and Colon cancer combined. An urge to create more shade in public places, work to inform about the dangers of tanning beds, and fast track new sunscreens for approval are being looked at by the government.  Monday, July 28th, 2014 a Sunscreen Innovation Act to improve the efficiency of getting new ingredients approved was approved by the House of Representatives.  For instance, in 2008 Ecamsule as an ingredient was approved for for a specific product Helioblock SX, but legislation is still waiting for other manufacturers to be free to use it.

Statistics show that the deadly cancer melanoma is diagnosed to 63,000 patients a year (6,000 from tanning beds), leading to 9,000 deaths a year.  Since 1973, skin cancer has increased 200%.


Source: http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/29/health/surgeon-general-skin-cancer/

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