Monday, April 6, 2015

Baby Boomers & Skin Cancer: Blame Holidays or Chemicals in Sunscreen?

According to the FDA, ultraviolet A rays cause cancer. UVB radiation is primarily accepted as the cause of cancer in mainstream medicine. Most of the sun screen available on the consumer market only protect against ultraviolet B radiation.

The altered guidelines from the FDA requires the product protect against both A and B ultraviolet rays. This would be called broad spectrum coverage.

Labels are expected
to include FDA authorized declarations about which products protect only against sunburn and which claim to help prevent skin cancer.

Many chemical ingredients found in sunscreen are prohibited by the FDA.

Benzophenone-3 (BZ3) or Oxybenzone is very hazardous, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). BZ3 is on the list of Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances (RTECS) because the chemical is absorbable through the skin and causes endocrine disruption . BZ3 is found in sunscreen moisturizer, lip balm and children’s sunscreen. Synthetic versions of BZ3 are a direct causation of leucocytosis, anemia, and can reduce organ weight and both chronic/sub-chronic oral toxicity.
Benzophenone-2 (BZ2) is a cancer causing agent used as a fragrance in sunscreen, according to the European Commission in Endocrine Disruption (ECED). BZ2 is not approved by the FDA for use in the US because it is kinked to hormonal disruption in humans and animals. High does cause immunomodulatory effects, which worsens with higher frequency use. The RTECS also classifies BZ2 as a mutagenic toxic substance.
Para-Aminoabenzoic Acid (PABA) is a known carcinogenic. Sunscreen manufacturers claim to only be using PABA’s derivatives. The FDA has approved PABA to be used in “limited use”. The RTECS is concerned about PABA’s effects on humans, although there are not sufficient studies to date to corroborate their apprehensions because the chemical is synthetic.
Octyl Methoxycinnamate (OM) is the most prevalent ingredient in sunscreen and is a human disruptor, according to the ECED. In Japan, their Standards for Cosmetics have banned its use. OM causes cell mutations, liver, photoallergic effects, liver effects and wildlife and environmental toxicity.

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