Does Sunscreen Cause Cancer? What The Media And The Doctors Won't Tell You
At Tan Plus, we believe it is always best to achieve a tan gradually to prevent
burning and without applying sunscreen, so as not to deprive the body of the
suns' many health benefits. When you use sunscreen your body is absorbing
synthetic chemicals, and with the "so called" experts' recommendations to apply
generous amounts of the product every few hours, you will likely be absorbing a
fair amount. While the FDA classifies most active ingredients in sunscreen as
GRASE (generally regarded as safe and effective), we have found it hard to
believe that all of these chemicals will not have any effect on your system at
some point. The truth is "what you put on your skin will eventually end up in
Both my wife and I are in our mid-sixties and never in our lives have used a
sunscreen or sunblock. We have tanned indoors, year round, since 1982 with no
indications and without fear of getting skin cancer. We have never had the need
for prescription medications and attribute our good health to diet, nutritional
supplements and responsible tanning practices. Is it merely a coincidence that
sunscreen sales have skyrocketed and so has skin cancer? In addition, sunscreen
has been added to make-up and most skincare products. If sunscreen was such a
miracle potion, shouldn't skin cancer have been irradiated by now?
The evidence against most sunscreen ingredients has been mounting. A vitamin A
compound, retinyl palmitate, found in 41 percent of sunscreens, is finally
being investigated by the FDA. The FDA's data suggests that retinyl palmitate
may be photocarcinogenic, meaning that in the presence of the sun's ultraviolet
rays, the compound and skin undergo complex biochemical changes resulting in
cancer. Another sunscreen chemical, oxybenzone, a hormone-disrupting compound
that penetrates the skin and enters the bloodstream, has been detected by the
Centers of Disease Control in the bodies of 97 percent of Americans tested.
Since the opening of Tan Plus in 1987, I have been an outspoken critic of
sunscreen use and more recently, spray-tanning due to the chemicals applied to
the skin. As the evidence keeps mounting against sunscreen chemicals, doctors
and the media keep pushing for more use of these potentially cancer-causing
lotions. It's unlikely you will get the truth from the media. The commercials
on T.V. and the magazine ads should be an obvious indicator of why. The media,
both electronic and print, is funded significantly by the multi-billion dollar
cosmetic industry. If they choose to take these sunscreen makers to task, they
will kiss millions of advertising income goodbye. So, expect more negative,
unfounded attacks against the tanning industry to continue as a way of creating
a diversion away from the real cause of skin cancer, readily available and
comes in a tube or a bottle.
Tan Plus/ Essentials Of Life
(2012) The promotion surrounding sunscreens has been the promise that they
protect from both skin cancers and photoaging of the skin. However, readily
available evidence reveals that sunscreens not only increase the risk of skin
cancers, including melanomas, but also leave the skin exposed to a higher
percentage of the solar rays that actually break down collagen and elastin,
resulting in greater photoaging of the skin than without sunscreen use. More...
(2012) A recent study has shown that a potent sunscreen ingredient, oxybenzone,
may be a cause of endometriosis. This condition occurs when uterine tissue
grows in abnormal sites in the abdomen and causes severe pain. when uterine
tissue grows in abnormal sites in the abdomen and causes severe pain. Women are
usually diagnosed because of severe cramping during their periods. More...
(2011) Ask somebody about sunscreen and you're likely to receive an earful of
disinformation from a person who has been repeatedly misinformed by health
authorities and the mainstream media. Almost nothing you hear about sunscreen
from traditional media channels is accurate. So here's a quick guide to the 7
most important things you need to know about sunscreen, sunlight and vitamin D.
(2011) A 12-year-old girl living on the Isle of Wright in southern Britain
developed a severe vitamin D deficiency verging on rickets because her mother
never let her go outside without sunscreen on. More...
(2010) An investigation conducted in the context of the Swiss National Research
Programme (NRP50), Endocrine Disrupters: Relevance to Humans, Animals and
Ecosystems, demonstrates for the first time that internal exposure of humans to
cosmetic UV filters (sunscreen chemicals) is widespread. More...
(2010) Patients with basal cell nevus syndrome, which predisposes them to
develop non-melanoma skin cancers, appear to be at increased risk for vitamin D
deficiency if they take steps to protect themselves from sunlight. More...
(2010) Sunscreens made with nanoparticles may cause serious bodily harm, a
report from Friends of the Earth has warned. "Consumers need to know that
manufactured nanoscale zinc and titanium oxides are not the only choice and are
not necessarily the most effective or safest choice for sun protection," the
report reads. More...
(2010) What happens to sunscreens when they are exposed to sunlight? And how is
the skin affected by the degradation products that form? This has been the
subject of research at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of
Technology that will be presented at the upcoming dermatologist conference in
(2010) The fourth annual Sunscreen Guide by Environmental Working Group (EWG)
gives low marks to the current crop of sunscreen products, with a few notable
exceptions. EWG researchers recommend only 39, or 8 percent, of 500 beach and
sport sunscreens on the market this season. More...
(2002) Considering my lifestyle of sun exposure growing up and the past 25 years
of indoor tanning exposures, one would think that I should be, at least,
concerned about contracting skin cancer. After all, I have completely ignored
any and all recommendations concocted by the "medical experts" and propelled by
the news media. More...
(2008) The Food and Drug Administration, again, has failed in its duty to
protect the public from toxic chemicals like oxybenzone. Caving to the industry
lobbyists, the agency has delayed final sunscreen safety standards for nearly
30 years. More...
(2010) Some sunscreens contain nanoparticles of zinc oxide. "Unintended exposure
to nano-sized zinc oxide from children accidentally eating sunscreen products
is a typical public concern, motivating the study of the effects of
nanomaterials in the colon," the scientists note. More...
(2010) Is anyone paying attention here? If the sun was REALLY causing skin
cancer, and if sunscreen prevented it, we'd be cancer-free by now. We're
already spending less time outside than ever, and wasting billions of dollars a
year on needless, dangerous creams and lotions. Meanwhile, just a couple of
generations ago, we spent far more time out in the sun and ZILCH on sunscreen
-- and skin cancer was practically unheard of. More...
(2008) The skin is not the only organ that is harmed by sunscreen chemicals.
Those chemicals are absorbed by the skin, circulate throughout the body and end
up harming the liver, the organ responsible for neutralizing chemicals in the
body. The continued use of sunscreen products (especially those with fragrance
in them) will inevitably harm the liver and, in my opinion, can lead to organ
failure or liver cancer. More...
(2008) Studies increasingly are suggesting the value of vitamin D, often known
as the sunshine vitamin, because that's one way you can obtain it in everything
from bone metabolism to maintaining muscle strength, immune function, reducing
hypertension and possibly even playing a role in prevention of cancer and
autoimmune disease. More...
(2008) In an investigation of 952 name-brand sunscreens, the Environmental
Working Group (EWG) found that 4 out of 5 sunscreen products offer inadequate
protection from the sun, or contain ingredients with significant safety
concerns. Leading brands were the worst offenders: None of market leader
Coppertone's 41 sunscreen products met EWG's criteria for safety and
effectiveness, and only 1 of 103 products from Banana Boat and Neutrogena, the
second- and third-largest manufacturers, are recommended by EWG.
(2003) More than a million cases of skin cancer are reported in the U.S.
annually. The American Cancer Society, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), and the American Academy of Dermatology consider
sunscreen to be the magic potion in skin cancer prevention. While the sales of
sun protection products has been growing at about 5% a year so has incidences
of basal-cell, and squamous-cell carcinoma and deadly melanoma skin cancer.
Some experts suggest that these new cases may come from sun damage suffered
decades before. But, why do some studies show sunscreen users suffering more
(2004) Dermatologist Dr. Bernard Ackerman devotes many hours of his time
diagnosing cases of skin cancer. Yet, on a recent trip, he didn't seem worried
about the potential risk of the disease while he sunbathed without the use of
sunscreen or a hat. Ackerman, 68, is an expert in the field of dermatology and
the emeritus director of the Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology. He considers
the connection between melanoma and the sun both inconclusive and inconsistent.