Monday, June 14, 2010

Sunscreen Causes Cancer? Maybe, Says U.S. Senator

Does sunscreen cause skin cancer? That would be a shocker, but apparently the U.S. FDA is looking at evidence that a common sunscreen ingredient, retinyl palmitate, causes the killer disease. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is asking the agency make public the information it has. "Summer is here, people are soaking up the sun and the FDA needs to immediately provide guidance and reassurance to consumers," he said.

Studies by the FDA's National Center for Toxicological Research and the National Toxicology Program suggest there may be a connection between skin cancer and retinyl palmitate, which is used in 100s of the most popular sunscreens. Schumer wants the facts made public, and he wants new federal regulations to block use of the additive if, in fact, it’s a cancer agent.

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