Sunscreen does indeed help prevent Melanoma

Written by on December 9, 2010 in in the news, Sunscreens for Rosacea Sufferers with 0 Comments


Apparently this is new information; a study has for the firs time found evidence that sunscreen can help prevent the deadly skin cancer melanoma.

I had assumed that this was a well known fact, but this is not correct. Previous research was able to prove that sunscreen helped prevent the less lethal forms of skin cancer, namely basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma, but not so melanoma.

Well a study by the Queensland Institute of Medical Research has completed a 4 year trial which shows encouraging signs that regular application of sunscreen will be beneficial in regards to melanoma protection.

With over 10,000 cases of melanoma each year in Australia, this is further vindication of the slip, slop, slap message we have seen over the years via the Cancer Councils’ health promotions campaigns.

Research proves sunscreen prevents melanoma

For years we have been told to ‘slip slop slap’ to prevent skin cancer.

Now new Australian research has gone further, showing for the first time that daily sunblock use can prevent potentially deadly melanoma.

Professor Adele Green, from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, says it finally proves the importance of sunscreen in the fight against the deadly skin cancer.

“It provides the first scientific data that shows that sunscreen can be beneficial for melanoma prevention,” she said.

More than 1,600 residents from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast took part in the trial, which ran for four years.

After 15 years, there were twice the number of melanomas in the group members who applied sunscreen now and then, compared to the daily use group.

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