Can you believe that some schools are banning sunscreens???

Dear Dr. I - Did you see that some schools are banning sunscreen? What do you think?

As a dermatologist who sees plenty of skin cancer and the mother of 3 high school age children, I almost find this story unbelievable.    To class sunscreens as unauthorized drugs seems more than a little crazy.   Especially when we know that the risk of the most deadly kind of skin cancer, melanoma, increases with sunburns.   Melanoma is the largest cancer killer of kids in their 20s. 

If anything a public health education program like the one in Australia that promotes suncreen, hats and protective clothing, seems more appropriate.  Se the for more information about sunscreens.   Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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