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May 26 2010

Sunscreens not so hot?

Since everyone who plays in the outdoors is exposed to the sun nearly everyone uses some sort of sunscreen. There are tons of options available, but which ones really work? You can tell by how much you burn, or tan, or don’t after using them. At least, you can tell what the short term effects are.

What about the long term effects? Is one brand really better than another? Has anyone you know stuck with a single brand over time so that we might even be able to tell? And if someone gets skin cancer, was it for lack of using sunscreens regularly, or just during a specific trip, or as this report suggests, maybe it WAS for using the wrong sunscreen.

Do sunscreens accelerate skin cancer?