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National survey among dermatologists names top 5 sunscreens

Coolibar, a sun protective clothing company, conducted their annual sunscreen survey among dermatologists at the 2007 American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting.  The survey was completed by over 1000 dermatologists.  The results were different from previous years due to last years approval of Mexoryl by the FDA.  Mexoryl is an ingredient in sunscreen that has been widely used in Europe.  Last year the FDA approved the drug for use in the US.  Anthelios, made by LOreal, contains Mexoryl which is said to absorb UVA rays.  The survey revealed a total of ten recommended sunscreens with Neutrogena, Coppertone, Anthelios, Blue Lizard, and Solbar as the top five.  Also on the list were Aveeno, Oil of Olay, Vanicream, Bull Frog, and Ombrelle.


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Tea may reduce risk of developing skin cancer

Researchers at the Dartmouth Medical School compared adults with basal cell carcinoma, and adults with squamous cell carcinoma to healthy adults.  Participants were asked about their tea consumption of both green and black teas.  Both types of teas contain antioxidants which have been shown to prevent the development of skin cancer.  

Researchers discovered that people who drank tea regularly had a lower risk of either cancer and those who drank two or more cups a day had a 65% lower risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma.  There was a protective effective against basal cell, but to a lesser degree.

The researchers said that further research is necessary, and that that the results are not conclusive.  They suggested continued use of traditional sun protection behaviors, including wearing hats, long-sleeves and sunglasses, taking extra care with children and to use a factor 15+ sunscreen.


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Australian Cancer Council Pushing for Sun Safe Uniforms

Sun safety efforts emerged out of Australia over 20 years ago.  Now, as part of Cancer Council Victorias SunSmart program, school children must wear a hat or play in the shade when they are outside.  Now Cancer Council Victoria wants schools to take the next step. 

The Council recommends that uniforms have hemlines below the knees, sleeves past the elbows, collars, and be made of a tight-weave materials designed to protect students from the sun. The Council's call for minimum uniform standards is part of a submission to a State Government inquiry that will consider whether school uniforms meet health regulations, as well as the costs and benefits of mandatory uniforms.

"There are critical periods (during childhood and adolescence) where sun exposure is more likely to contribute to skin cancer later in life," says Ms Kylie Strong, manager for the Cancer Council Vicorias SunSmart Program.  "We are trying to build a really strong case that because children spend so much time at school, schools have a duty of care to protect students against foreseeable harm."

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