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Here is what the World Health Organization (WHO) says about sunscreens in the IARC Hand books of Cancer Prevention: Sunscreens “Sunscreens probably prevent squamous-cell carcinoma of the skin when used mainly during unintentional sun exposure. No conclusion can be drawn about the cancer-preventive activity of topical use of sunscreens against basal-cell carcinoma and cutaneous melanoma.” The US Centre for Disease and Control (CDC) in their MMWR Recommendations and Report: Counseling to Prevent Skin Cancer said “Sunscreen had no effect on basal cell cancer” and want on to say “There are no direct data about the effect of sunscreen on melanoma incidence” “Several epidemiologic studies have found higher risk for melanoma among users of sunscreens then among nonusers”

A new book by Master Dermatologist Dr Bernard Ackerman titled, “The Sun and the Epidemic of Melanoma: Myth on Myth” presents data suggesting that sunlight and melanoma have no actual causal relationship. In his book Ackerman writes, “The American Academy of Dermatology, for decades, has kept up a drumbeat on behalf of faith in an epidemic of melanoma and rays of the sun as the major cause of it, at the same time that it has flayed, incessantly, the tanning bed industry. Although the organization is termed an Academy, never has it presented in fashion academic a whit of evidence, available readily, contrary to its position entrenched, namely, there is no epidemic of melanoma ... and that tanning beds have not been proven to be a cause direct of melanoma.” Ackerman, in the second edition of his book which was published this year, continues, “It is our contention that without an inherent basis genetic, a melanoma does not come into being and, in the absence of such predilection, sunlight alone is incapable of provoking melanocytes to proliferate in a manner malignant.” Dr Bernard Ackerman, who won the Master Dermatologist award for 2004 from the American Academy of Dermatology and who is considered a pioneer in the field of dermatopathology

August 11, 2009 - 4:48pm


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