More than 2 million Americans develop skin cancer each year (ACS 2015). Melanoma, which can cause serious illness and even death. One person dies of melanoma every hour (every 52 minutes). Most cases involve one of two disfiguring but rarely fatal forms of skin cancer called basal and squamous cell carcinomas. The risk of melanoma increases as people age. Some 40 to 50 percent of Americans who live to the age of 65 will be diagnosed with one of these tumors at least once during their lifetimes, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI 2012). The sun causes significant damage to skin structure and a significant increase in skin cancer. The bright spot? All types of skin cancer are 100 percent curable, if recognized and treated early.
In 2011, the Journal of Clinical Oncology published a randomized, clinical study of over 1,600 people showing that regular sunscreen use reduced the incidence of melanoma by 50-73%. When used as directed with other sun protection measures, broad spectrum sunscreen higher helps prevent sunburn and reduces the risk of early skin aging and skin cancer (melanoma and squamous cell carcinomas) associated with UV radiation.
Additionally, several scientific research studies disprove claims that sunscreen use increases melanoma risk. These comprehensive assessments of thousands of people found that sunscreen use does not, in fact, increase one’s risk of developing melanoma.