Aug 16, 2008

Moisturizers linked to Skin Cancer!

A new study by Rutgers University in Piscataway, N.J., has found a link between several popular moisturizers and non-melanoma skin cancer in mice. Researchers tested skin moisturizing creams on mice to determine whether their use is linked to cancer. They exposed hairless mice to UV radiation to mimic sun exposure, and afterward treated the mice with one of four popular moisturizers - Dermabase, Dermavan, Eucerin or Vanicream.

They found that the mice treated with moisturizers after the exposure to UV light grew more skin tumors and that these tumors were larger than those on untreated mice. The tumor formation increased 69% in the mice that had been moisturized once a day, five days a week for 17 weeks.

Does it mean that moisturizers are harmful for human also? Well, the authors of the study, which was published online today in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, say they can't conclude that moisturizers cause skin cancers in humans and further research needs to be done. But, the results of this study definitely raises some important questions regarding the increase in skin cancer cases over the last few years.


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