Sun and Skin News: Summer 2012 (Vol. 29, No. 2)
In a new survey, just 51 percent of US men reported using sunscreen in the past 12 months, and an alarming 70 percent did not know the warning signs of skin cancer.
The world’s most common over-the-counter drug may have a new purpose: new research shows that aspirin may help prevent melanoma in older women. Post-menopausal white women who regularly took aspirin were up to 30 percent less likely to develop melanoma than non-aspirin users, according to a recent analysis of the large Women’s Health Initiative study.Read More
Tanning salons routinely provide inaccurate information to teens seeking their services, according to a new congressional report from members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The study found that the vast majority of tanning salons contacted by Committee investigators denied the serious health risks (including skin cancer) associated with indoor ultraviolet (UV) tanning, instead claiming that indoor tanning offers health benefits. Read More
Are self-tanners safe? I’ve heard that DHA (the main coloring agent in self-tanning lotions) is dangerous, as are the spray versions of self-tanners.Read More