Sunscreens May Speed Cancer: Biggest Offenders List

By Peter Chubb - May 24, 2010

When we go out in the sun we are all warned to use sunscreen to help protect us against the suns harmful rays, but a recent study shows that these creams may speed cancer. According to the Environmental Working Group there are certain ingredients that could cause skin tumors as well as lesions.

The EWG has studied 500 sunscreen products and recommends just 39 of them – that’s just 8 percent. There are many reasons why a number of these products failed the seal of approval from EWG, one of which is that the SPF 50 cannot be substantiated.

Ariel Schwartz’s article on Fast Company reports that retinyl palmitate, which is a form of vitamin A is found in sunscreens and when applied to the arms, back, chest, face and legs could increase skin cancer by 41 percent.

Some of the sunscreen products that are at risk include: Rocky Mountain Sunscreen High Exposure, shelter broad spectrum sunscreen, Rx Suncare Sport Sunblock and many more. For the complete list of sunscreen products good and bad can be found here.

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  • AhSue

    Lisa, I hope you take your own advice seriously…moderation… including sun exposure. There are just not enough of us that take skin cancer serious enough. Try being 38 and
    being told that you have Stage III malignant melanoma, having a huge portion of your arm removed and still facing the unknown and treatments unknown as yet. All this because of
    over exposure to sun….wow. Please take those warning seriously….anyone can get this. It can be deadly!

  • LisaEvans

    *expletive deleted* here we go again, something touted as good for us can now be bad for us. Jeesh, once again, I am convinced that the saying "everything in moderation" is the ONLY advice to take.

  • Mary McDonald

    The stuff you should be worrying about is the Avobenzone. It is highly irritating to those with sensitive skin. I bought a VERY expensive sunscreen which turned out to have a high concentration of the stuff and my skin reacted violently to it. I didn't even get out in the sun before developing a bright red itchy rash and washing the stuff off did NOT help. I tried Aveeno sunscreen next and had the same reaction. The folks with very sensitive skin are the ones who need sunscreen the most and these companies are putting harmful chemicals in their products.