Hawaii Sunscreen Ban Could Cause Rise in Skin Cancer

A bill banning certain types of sunscreen could take effect in Hawaii soon, and in doing so the risk the risk of developing skin cancer could increase, dermatologists say.

The American Academy of Dermatology Association is concerned that the risk of Hawaiians’ developing skin cancer would increase if the bill was signed.

Although this bill has been passed by Hawaii’s legislature, Governor David Ige has not yet signed this into law.

Hawaii is set to become the first state to prohibit sunscreens that contain Oxybenzone and Octinoxate, as some scientists suggest these contribute to coral bleaching.

These chemicals are used in over three-and-a-half thousand popular sunscreen products.

This association’s President, Suzanne Olbricht, claims the death rate from melanoma in Hawaii was already 30 percent higher than the US national average, and this bill could increase this amount.

Dr. Olbricht added, “The public’s risk of developing skin cancer could increase due to potential new restrictions in Hawaii that impact access to sunscreens with ingredients necessary for broad-spectrum protection, as well as the potential stigma around sunscreen use that could develop as a result of these restrictions.”

Dr. Olbricht also said, “Claims that sunscreen ingredients currently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration are toxic to the environment or a hazard to human health have not been proven.”

If this bill is passed, Hawaiians could still choose sunscreens with ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.

It is most important to choose a Broad Spectrum, SPF 30 sunscreen product to save yourself from harmful rays.

(Original Article: https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/356875/sunscreen-ban-could-increase-hawaii-skin-cancer-risk)

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