Suncreen Labels and Skin Cancer

Suncreen Labels and Skin Cancer

Understanding SPF, water resistance, and anti-aging claims: New rules for sunscreen labeling and what consumers need to know

If you’ve shopped for sunscreens lately, you’re aware of the dizzying number of product choices, but it’s hard to know what kind of protection a particular product actually offers. The FDA has felt your pain, but not especially quickly. After thirty three years of review the agency has come out with new rules about how sunscreen manufacturers can and cannot describe their products.‘Sun block’ is out as is ‘waterproof’, and only products with an SPF value of 15 or above with both U-V-A and U-V-B protection can claim to reduce the risk of cancer and premature aging. Join us to discuss new rules for sunscreen labels and the ongoing battle against skin cancer.


Dr. Janet Woodcock

director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the FDA

Dr. Margaret O'Neill


Dr. Stephen Katz

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institutes of Health

Dave Andrews

senior scientist, Environmental Working Group

Dr. Lynn Schuchter

professor and division chief, Hematology-Oncology,
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
and leader, Melanoma Program, Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania

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