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Despite your efforts to wear sunscreen for the last twenty years - it didn't protect you like you thought. You can blame it on regulations that are… well, a couple decades behind.

When you bought sunscreens you saw an SPF rating for a sun protective factor. But that's a misnomer because it only dealt with UV-B rays which causes sunburns but not UV-A rays that cause deep tissue damage. Both can lead to skin cancer.

Though the tanning industry would lead you to believe UV-A rays are safe, they are not! They increase your risk for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. That's why the US Food and Drug Administration finally released new regulations for sunscreens that include UV-A rays.

In addition to the SPF rating for UV-B protection, sunscreen manufacturers must provide a four star rating for UV-A protection. One star for low and four stars for the highest level of protection.

These ratings should be prominent on the label and companies unsure of their products' UV-A protection must state No UV-A Protection. The regulations also require that sunscreens claiming water resistance need to say how many minutes the sunscreen will last after the user starts swimming or sweating.

No sunscreen product eliminates the risk from UV exposure; therefore additional warnings will suggest it's important to limit your time in the sun.

Unfortunately, while the FDA intended to draft sunscreen regulations back in 1978, it took twenty years to implement rules for UV-B and another decade to include UV-A. Those requirements will take effect in 2009.

But you can start now by using sunscreens that offer both protections.

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An easy to read article about the new FDA sunscreen rules is available at MedicineNet.com which is an online, healthcare media publishing company. It provides easy-to-read, in-depth, authoritative medical information for consumers via its robust, user-friendly, interactive web site.
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The Detroit Medical Center web page provide additional details in their article to be found here. While an American Cancer Society Publication cover story provides extensive coverage about the new rule, the active ingredients in sunscreen and compare the US and European standards.
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The FDA held a nationwide teleconference for media regarding their announcement (can be found here) of these new sunscreen rules. A transcript of that teleconference is available and includes experts responding to a variety of questions.
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Remember, there is no safe way to tan apart perhaps from the tans in a can. Tanning beds are no more safe than tanning on the beach. The two sources of UV light are different and they produce different types of UV light, but they both damage the skin and cause mutations that lead to skin cancer. Don't be fooled by the claims made by the tanning industry. Instead, get the information from the experts. Here are just a few legitimate sources of information:
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