Sunscreen and Skin Cancer Link?

By: News Ten
By: News Ten

A U.S. senator says there could possibly be a link between a chemical in sunscreen and skin cancer. He's demanding the FDA reveal its findings about the study.

Senator Charles Schumer says the Food and Drug Administration has been reviewing data about the potential health risk of the chemical "retinyl palmitate" since July of last year. He's calling on the FDA to give its evaluation of the data immediately.

The democrat says consumers deserve to know if a chemical in their sunscreen causes cancer.

"Millions of Americans use sunscreen to keep themselves and their families protected from the dangers of too much sun," Senator Schumer said. "If the product they are using does more harm than good, everyone has the right to know and the FDA has to take action.'

Retinyl Palmitate, a Vitamin A derivative, is found in hundreds of of the most popular sunscreen products in stores.

One study found that tumors and lesions developed up to 21 percent faster in lab animals coated with the chemical.


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  • by Anonymous on Aug 19, 2010 at 12:10 PM
    It is bad enough that millions of us grew up at a time when you coated yourself with baby oil and layed out in the sun until you were either brown as could be or red as a lobster. Lots of us ended up with one or more types of skin cancer. If we were lucky we didn't get melanoma. The idea that FDA would allow a substance to be used that could cause cancer is abhorant. We put this stuff on ourself and our kids, and it may increase the risk of skin cancer. Really makes you want to walk around under an umbrella.
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