Could shying away from the sun increase our risk of melanoma?

It’s a glorious warm and sunny day today in London, UK. A shadow was cast, though, by this story which appeared today in one of the UK’s national newspapers. It concerns the tragic death of a 21-year-old lady from malignant melanoma.

We’re told that that the victim ‘hated the sun’ and did her utmost to protect herself from it. Yet, she still ended up succumbing to malignant melanoma. The subtext: any amount of sun is hazardous.

However, is it true that ultraviolet exposure of the skin causes malignant melanoma? I know this link is constantly referred to and alluded to, but does it stand up to scrutiny? (more…)

Watch out for toxic ingredients in sunscreen

The majority of sunscreens are toxic, environmental groups have warned.

“You want to look out for sunscreens with oxybenzone,” said Jane Houlihan of the Environmental Working Group.

Research has implicated oxybenzone as a likely carcinogen, as well as a chemical that is probably absorbed into the body.

Another concern is spray-on or powdered sunscreen.

“When you spray a sunscreen, or you’re using a powder sunscreen, you’re very likely inhaling small particles and that may or may not be safe,” Houlihan said. (more…)