Sunscreen SPF Skin Cancer Prevention
Is SPF 30 or 50 Enough? New Study Reports SPF 70 Sunscreen Offers Better Protection Even in Lower Quantities. Adequate sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 is extremely important in the prevention of skin cancer. However, a new study finds that SPF 70 sunscreens not only provide more protection from the sun’s harmful rays, but they are also more effective in smaller amounts than SPF 30 and even 50 sunscreens. The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology reports that, in 65 participants, those who used a higher SPF sunscreen were consistently provided with better protection at levels commonly used by many people. The researchers concluded that, in a broad spectrum, SPF 70 and above sunscreens can give people a margin of safety even at lower concentrations – 0.5 mg/cm2 – which is greater than the FDA’s recommended requirement of SPF 15, potentially reducing the risk of skin cancer and sun damage.If you would like to learn more about ways to prevent skin cancer, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with our experienced dermatologist, please contact Silverberg Surgical & Medical Group.