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Skin Cancer Screening for the Atlanta Braves June 15th 2011

Last month it was announced that the FDA will require sunscreen manufactures to test their products’ effectiveness against the suns’ rays that pose the greatest risk of skin cancer. Under these new rules, companies will also have to follow stricter guidelines when describing how well their products block ultraviolet B rays.

SPF, or sun protection factor, indicates the amount of exposure to the sun that is needed to cause sunburn on sunscreen-protected skin, as compared to unprotected skin. For example, if you had on an SPF of 30 means it would take you 30 times longer to burn wearing sunscreen than not wearing sunscreen.

As of now, sunscreens that don’t protect against both ultraviolet A and B rays, and those that have an SPF below 15, will bear a warning label: “This product has been shown only to help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early skin aging.” Right now the FDA only requires testing for ultraviolet B rays, which are the ones that cause sunburn. These new regulations will require testing for ultraviolet A rays, which are more dangerous and are most commonly linked to wrinkles and skin cancer.

Last year an estimated 68,130 people in the United States were diagnosed with melanoma, which is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. It’s estimated that 8,700 people died.

With these new regulations being unveiled, I hope all of you will reflect on just how important skin protection really is. My recommendation for my patients is a minimum of SPF 55 whenever you’re exposed to the sun.

Alexander Gross, M.D.

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