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Sunscreen Label Changes May Help Curb Rising Skin Cancer Rates

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Sunscreen Label Changes May Help Curb Rising Skin Cancer Rates

The Food and Drug Administration has made revisions to sunscreen labeling for the first time in 33 years, the impact of which will not be felt until next summer.

However, dermatologists are already applauding the effort, which will inform consumers of a product's ability to protect against early skin aging and skin cancer. The regulations will also do away with SPF labels higher than 50 and claims such as "waterproof" or "sweatproof," The Los Angeles Times noted.

"Overall, this will be more beneficial to the consumer," said Dr. Derek Towery, a dermatologist in Joplin, Missouri, to the Joplin Globe. "When the new sunscreens come out with the new packaging, they will truly be broad spectrum."

Towery noted that he sees an average of 20 to 30 patients per day for "sun effects," and removes between three and 10 skin cancers daily.

According to the Globe, sun overexposure and indoor tanning cause 3 million new skin cancer cases per year in the U.S. Additionally, melanoma is the second-most common form of cancer for those between the ages of 15 and 29, and it's growing rapidly in comparison to other types of cancer.