New Sunscreen Regulations

Last year an estimated 68,130 people in the U.S. were diagnosed with melanoma– the most dangerous form of skin cancer– and an estimated 8,700 died, according to the National Cancer Institute. After 33 years of consideration, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released their new rules for labeling sunscreens, which will take effect in June 2012. Here are some of the changes:

There are other changes proposed for sunscreen as well:

The FDA’s new regulations and proposals are certainly a step in the right direction to increase sun safety awareness and sunscreen education. However, the new regulations will do nothing to prevent the most common problem with sunscreens, which is that consumers fail to use enough of them. Ultimately, it will be the consumer’s choice to read the sunscreen labels and follow the directions accurately to protect her or his skin from the dangers of the sun.

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