Sunscreen: Better in Europe?

Public health advocates are cheering congressional efforts to speed up the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval process of new sunscreen ingredients that they say could prevent skin cancer and save lives.

The Sunscreen Innovation Act, a bipartisan bill introduced last week in both the House and Senate, would provide a “predictable and reasonable timeframe” for the review of the sunscreen products, some of which have waited more than a decade for approval, lawmakers say.

Health experts say people should have access to the most recent sunscreen advancements so that they can protect themselves from melanoma. 

“Melanoma must be prevented wherever possible,” said Wendy Selig, president and CEO of the Melanoma Research Alliance, during a press call Thursday. 

“Unlike other deadly cancers, we do have the ability, in many cases, to reduce the risk, prevent melanoma, and save people before this cancer spreads,” she added.

Skin cancer has become the most common form of cancer in the United States, with 3.5 million new cases diagnosed each year, according to the American Cancer Society.

But lawmakers believe advancements in sunscreen technology could help prevent many cases of skin cancer — if they ever make it to market.

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