Sunscreens: Dos and Don'ts; group finds only 25 percent of sunscreens strong enough

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A research group found that only 25 percent of sunscreen type products offer strong enough protection for the outdoorsy type.

Environmental Working Group released its seventh annual Sunscreen Guide  rating the safety and efficacy of more than 1,400 sunscreens, lotions, lip products and make-ups that advertise sun protection.

EWG researchers found that only 25 percent of products on the market in 2013 offer strong and broad UV protection and pose few safety concerns.

A senior research analyst at EWG said that despite an increasing awareness of the sun’s risks, rates of melanoma – the deadliest skin cancer – have tripled over the past 35 years, with an annual increase of 1.9 percent per year since 2000.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , in 2009, 9,199 people in the United States died from melanomas of the skin, including 5,992 men and 3,207 women.

Skin Cancer Death Rates by States

Part of the reason for the increase may be the decades of deceptive marketing claims by sunscreen manufacturers, EWG researchers said.  

The FDA has yet to issue final rules on excessively high SPF claims, potentially harmful chemical ingredients and sunscreen sprays that may be dangerous when inhaled.

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