Some Sunscreens Accelerate Cancers, New Study Claims
May 24, 2010
(ChattahBox) – Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released a study that shows that the majority of sunscreens on the market might actually be dangerous, some causing cancerous cells to more quickly reproduce within the skin instead of protecting against it.
Vitamin, retinol and retinyl palmitate can all cause cancerous cells to reproduce more quickly, according to the study. And all three are commonly found in sunscreen claiming to slow the signs of aging.
“In that yearlong study, tumors and lesions developed up to 21 percent faster in lab animals coated in a vitamin A-laced cream than animals treated with a vitamin-free cream,” the EWG report said.
But while that is the most disturbing finding about the creams, it isn’t the most disturbing fact that has come to light.
According to AOL News, they have obtained documents that show that the FDA has known about this for as much as a decade, and have not released the fact to the public.
“There was enough evidence 10 years ago for FDA to caution consumers against the use of vitamin A in sunscreens,” Jane Houlihan of EWG said.
“FDA launched this one-year study, completed their research and now 10 years later, they say nothing about it, just silence.”
The FDA denied these allegations, saying that they ‘thoroughly checked’ and did not find any record of their own study on the matter.