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Sunscreen Does Not Provide Enough Protection Against Melanoma

In 2014 alone, there is an estimated 76,100 new melanoma cases, the most lethal form of skin cancer. People who are exposed to UV light emitted by the tanning beds and the sun, it is often recommended to wear sunscreen to protect the skin. However, sunscreen is no longer able to prevent melanoma, according to the journal Nature.

With the increasing cases of melanoma in the US, public health campaigns were launched promoting the use of sunscreen or anything that covers the skin from the sun.

However, it was found out that UV light destroys damage-preventing genes, despite being covered with sunscreen.

A study was conducted on two-month old mice with a higher risk of experiencing melanoma due to their abnormal BRAF gene. They are exposed to the UV light without any protection on their skin. The team found out that the UV light exposure caused abnormalities in p53, which is a gene that is supposed to protect DNA from UV radiation.

After sunscreen