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Does sunscreen cause skin cancer? Doctors debunk claims on social media [Video]

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Skin Cancer

Some claims on social media about sun safety have grown into a major misconception that sunscreen could cause skin cancer.

Hundreds of creators, many on TikTok, have posted videos arguing that the sun isn’t the culprit in causing cancer, but rather that harmful chemicals found in sunscreens are to blame.

This stems from a 2021 recall of Neutrogena spray sunscreens and one Aveeno product (Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen) due to the presence of benzene, a known carcinogen.

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Johnson & Johnson officials confirmed that benzene is not a sunscreen ingredient, according to a Harvard Medical School advisory in Oct. 2021.

Additional testing reportedly found such low levels of benzene in these products that it would not be expected to cause health problems.

Experts advised choosing a different sunscreen brand as a solution.

But a national survey by the Orlando Health Cancer Institute …

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