Friend or Foe: Does sunscreen cause skin cancer? (Medical myth)

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This video addresses common misconceptions about sunscreen and skin cancer. A certain number of individuals believe that sunscreen causes skin cancer and so they avoid using it. This video will cover the different types of radiation, how UV radiation leads to skin cancer and indicate studies that prove that sunscreen helps protect against skin cancer.

This video was made by McMaster Demystifying Medicine students Kavena Sivakumar, Alice Nassar, Halla Rahman, Waleed Dhillon and Elise MacLean

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1. Armstrong, B. K., & Kricker, A. (2001). The epidemiology of UV induced skin cancer. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology, 63(1), 8-18.

2. Soehnge, H., Ouhtit, A., & Ananthaswamy, O. N. (1997). Mechanisms of induction of skin cancer by UV radiation. Front Biosci, 2, D538-D551.

3. de Gruijl, F. R., van Kranen, H. J., & Mullenders, L. H. (2001). UV-induced DNA damage, repair, mutations and oncogenic pathways in skin cancer. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology, 63(1), 19-27. (de Gruijl et al., 2001)

4. Dennis, L. K., Freeman, L. E. B., & VanBeek, M. J. (2003). Sunscreen use and the risk for melanoma: a quantitative review. Annals of internal medicine, 139(12), 966-978.

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