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New Bronzing Cream May Prevent Skin Cancer

A new topical cream that delivers a bronzing effect to the skin while preventing melanoma through UV blocking properties may soon be taking the market by storm. The cream, developed by researchers at the University of Cincinnati, also has the bonus effect of stimulating the repair of UV-damaged skin cell DNA. What all that means is that sun lovers may be able to enjoy the tans they desire while seeing former damage repaired as they bronze.

Patents are pending on the new breakthrough and it’s unclear just when it will come to market. When it does, the hope is the product will encourage sun lovers to take a healthier approach to UV exposure. Courtesy of the blocking properties, some natural sun exposure can still be enjoyed, as well.

An estimated 5 million Americans are treated for skin cancer each year. In 2006, there were 3.5 million cases diagnosed. This form of cancer outpaces such known cancer killers as breast, prostate, lung and colon combined in the number of incidences.

The high frequency of skin cancer has given rise to an aggressive campaign to find better treatment and prevention methods alike. The new topical cream’s development was funded by the National Cancer Institute in 2006. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati were given a $1 million grant to develop the cream to make the skin tan while blocking rays and repairing damage.

While the new cream offers much promise for the future, people are encouraged to take preventative measures before its arrival to the market. Those who wish to lower their risks for developing skin cancer are urged to limit exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays. UV-blocking sunscreen products provide a good start. Covering up in the sun or avoiding exposure entirely can also be beneficial.

If skin cancer is a concern, it is important to seek medical advice. Healthcare providers can help assess risks while offering insights for prevention.

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