Sunscreen should be for 'broad spectrum'

Sunscreen should be for 'broad spectrum'

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Sunscreen should be for 'broad spectrum'

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by NBC

KTVB.COM

Posted on April 15, 2013 at 5:27 PM

It's getting to be the time of year when we start thinking about basking in the sunshine.

It can do wonders for your mood, but too much sun is unsafe for your skin.

Dermatologists say the intense desire for a deep tan among young women is fueling an increase in all skin cancers.

They advise you to minimize your sun exposure, and when choosing a sunscreen look for an SPF of at least 15, and these key words: "broad spectrum."

"That means it protects not only against sunburn but skin cancer and early skin aging," said Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery.

New Food and Drug Administration regulations require sunscreens that do not meet the "broad spectrum" standard to have labels that say it has not been shown to prevent skin cancer.
 

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