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In Brief: Sunscreen use

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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Sunscreen use: Skin Cancer Foundation emphasizes the use of sunscreens as "an integral part of a comprehensive program" to prevent melanoma in a statement released Feb. 20. Responding to a Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center study reported at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting, the Foundation said "suntanning and sunburning both result from genetic damage at the cellular DNA level, and should in no way be considered helpful in skin cancer prevention....Sunscreen is one of the strategy that helps prevent this damage." The study researcher had questioned claims that sunscreens aid in the prevention of skin cancer, proclaiming the "blanket advice" to wear sunscreens is "not warranted" ("The Rose Sheet" Feb. 23, p. 23)...
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