Finally, the FDA is starting to look into the safety of the active ingredients in sunscreens, Woodcock said.
The American Cancer Society lists skin cancer as the most common of all cancers, responsible for nearly half of all malignancies suffered by Americans. More than 2 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancers are diagnosed each year. Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer and potentially lethal, is diagnosed nearly 70,000 times each year.
Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are classified as non-melanomas, usually starting in either basal cells or squamous cells, which are found at the base of the outer layer of the skin or cover the internal and external surfaces of the body. Basal cell or squamous cell cancers are quite curable if detected and treated early, according to the cancer society.
There's more on sun safety at the American Cancer Society.
SOURCES: Jennifer A. Stein, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, Ronald O. Perelman department of dermatology, NYU School of Medicine, and associate director, NYU Pigmented Lesion Clinic, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City; Jeffrey C. Salomon, M.D., assistant clinical professor, plastic surgery at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.; June 14, 2011, teleconference with: Janet Woodcock, M.D., director, U.S. Center for Drug Evaluation, Food and Drug Administration, and Ronald L. Moy, M.D., president, American Academy of Dermatology
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