Study Is First To Show Sunscreens Cut Cancer Risk

Researchers test several SPF-30 sunscreens, find they protect against melanoma

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A new study is the first to prove that SPF-30 sunscreens already on the market can not only protect you from sunburns, but can prevent the development of melanoma, an aggressive and deadly form of skin cancer.

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Most of us know that sunscreens can protect us from sunburns, but in a first of a kind study, researchers have proven they can also prevent the development of melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer. Led by Christin Burd, PhD, a team of researchers used special mice with skin remarkably similar to humans, and protected them with SPF-30 sunscreens. The work was done at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute in Columbus, Ohio. Though the sunscreens had different ingredients, they were all effective reducing the time of melanoma development by 80 percent.

“They all worked,” said Burd. “Now, for the first time, we have a mechanism to say yes, this sunscreen can protect against melanoma and we hope that we can now use that information to develop better, smarter sunscreens.”

Many consumers don’t realize that the vast majority of sunscreens are currently manufactured and sold as cosmetics, not as pharmaceuticals. Because of that, regulations only require that they are safe to use, not necessarily effective in providing protection.

“We know sunburns are a major risk factor in developing melanoma, but there are many other risk factors, as well,” said Burd. “If we can isolate which ingredients provide th

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A new study is the first to prove that SPF-30 sunscreens already on the market can not only protect you from sunburns, but can prevent the development of melanoma, an aggressive and deadly form of skin cancer.

Kelly Haldeman, of Bucyrus, Ohio, is diligent about using sunscreen after she was diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma at the age of 20.

Kelly Haldeman plays with her dog at her home in Bucyrus, Ohio. Though she`s never suffered a sunburn, Haldeman was diagnosed with malignant melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer, when she was just 20.

In a first of its kind study, researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center in Columbus, Ohio prove that sunscreens with an SPF-30 rating can prevent the formation of melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer.

Christin Burd, PhD (middle), confers with Andrea Holderbaum ( right) and Anamaria Bonilla (left) at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center in Columbus, Ohio. These three led a study that showed for the first time that SPF-30 sunscreens, which are already on the market, can prevent the development of melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer.

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute