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Here Is Why Skin Cancer Is More Common Among Men

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

Skin cancer rates are soaring all over the world in wealthy countries, especially among men, and one reason for that, the Daily Mail says, is because men are less likely to use sunscreen. Statistically, Australia has the most cases of skin cancer, but in Great Britain and Spain, men are 70 percent more likely to die of skin cancer than they were 30 years ago. In the U.S., male mortality due to skin cancer has risen about 25 percent.

While health officials are busy studying what could be causing so much skin cancer among wealthier countries — where purchasing a sunscreen shouldn’t be a problem — perhaps a different question to answer might be: Why is skin cancer not skyrocketing among developing countries, where they can’t afford sunscreens?

Either way you look at it, wealthy countries seem to have a wealth of access to a wealth of any number of sunscreens, yet they have a wealth of skin cancers. If that’s too much “wealth” for you, then perhaps it would help to clue you in to the fact that many sunscreens are far less effective than what they claim on their labels.

Another thing to know is that the sun protection factor (SPF) label that’s supposed to guide you to how much “protection” you’re going to get only applies to UVB rays — not the UVAs, which are actually responsible for UV damage. Therefore, when you’re looking for a sunscreen, you need to check for a product that specifies protecting against UVAs.

Another thing you need to know is that research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows 96 percent of the U.S. population has oxybenzone in their bodies — a known endocrine disruptor linked to reduced sperm count in men and endometriosis in women.

The main source of this chemical? Sunscreens. Oxybenzone is also lethal to certain sea creatures, including horseshoe crab eggs, and researchers warn the widespread use of oxybenzone-containing sunscreens pose a serious threat to coral reefs and sea life. So, if you vacation in a tropical area this year, remember to read labels and avoid anything with oxybenzone in it.

The sad thing about this is that, besides imparting chemicals that are poisoning both you and the sea life, that the sunscreen you’re wearing is denying you the very thing you need for life — the vitamin D that only the sun can provide, and at no cost.

The sensible thing to do, then, is to allow yourself some sun for about 15 to 20 minutes, and then come in or put on some light clothing to block it. If you want to stay out, remember never to allow yourself to burn. And if you use sunscreen, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has come out with a good list of the best and worst sunscreens on the market.

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