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Sunscreen Takes Some Heat: New Dangers, New Rules

Save your skin, save your life. We’ll look at new research and rules on sunscreen marketing from the FDA.

There are new rules for sunscreen. We'll take a look in hour one. (AP)

There are new rules for sunscreen. We'll take a look in hour one. (AP)

One in five Americans will get skin cancer.

Skin cancer rates are rising. And its victims are getting younger. Younger females, in particular.

With all that, you’d think public health officials would be all over the sunscreen industry to get it right and honest. They haven’t been, until this week.

The Food and Drug Administration, after years of mulling, is out with new rules on the “wild west” that has been sunscreen labeling and marketing.

We buy it, we smear it on, we go to the beach, the pool.

But there is more you need to know.

This hour On Point: saving our skins. New rules and the latest research on skin, sunscreen, and the sun.

- Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

Gardiner Harris, public health reporter for the New York Times. His article is “F.D.A. Unveils New Rules About Sunscreen Claims.”

Jennifer Lucas, dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dara O’Rourke, associate professor of environmental and labor policy at University of California at Berkeley and co-founder of GoodGuide.com. See their sunscreen ratings here.

David Andrews, senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group. Find your product in their 2011 sunscreen guide here, and get your questions answered in their FAQ.

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