Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Can Sunscreen Cause Cancer?

It's that time of year!  Summer is the season of pool party's, beach party's, cook-outs and sunbathing!  Many people hope to achieve a nice golden glow to their skin, while others try very hard to avoid too much sun exposure, at all.  We are lectured on the importance of using sunscreen to avoid getting burned, premature aging, and more importantly, to protect our skin from the harmful cancer causing sun-rays!  Sunscreen has become a staple in most homes across the world in an effort to avoid the harmful affects of the sun.  But, can the sunscreen we are using cause cancer?

Studies suggest that there are toxic ingredients in sunscreens that can actually promote cancer rather than prevent it.  Additionally, by absorbing the chemicals found in most sunscreens, through the skin, they can block the body's absorption of ultra-violet radiation that produces Vitamin D, which studies have shown, prevent 77 percent of  all cancers.  Now, there is no saying for sure if sunscreens can, in fact, cause cancer, but a study in "April 2004 Journal of Chromatography found that there is significant penetration of all sunscreen agents they studied into the skin, and oxybenzone and metabolites across the skin. For that matter, anything you put on your skin will be absorbed into your body.  If you're going to use a sunscreen look for a natural alternative to commercial sunscreens that contain no petrochemicals, such as aloe vera gel; it works as a natural sunscreen, and helps heal a sunburn." healingdiva.com

Source: http://www.healingdiva.com

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