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Screening sunscreens

A watchdop group has called on the US Food and Drug Administration to shed some light on sunscreens. The government agency has failed to finalize standards for testing and labeling sunscreens, says a report by the Washington, DC-based nonprofit Environmental Working Group. The report also concludes that 85% of sunscreens on the market either contain potentially toxic ingredients or fail to provide enough protection from both UVB and UVA radiation. Most products shield the skin from UVB rays, which cause sunburn as well as DNA damage associated with skin cancer. 

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