Help Balance Competing Concerns About Sunscreens

You'll get questions about sunscreen safety...spurred by the U.S. state of Hawaii's move to ban oxybenzone and octinoxate starting in 2021.

These ingredients are found in many sunscreen products...and they're linked to damaging or bleaching sea coral and altering sex hormones of ocean wildlife. But this isn't proven yet.

Reassure patients that Health Canada still says these are safe for people. Remind patients that daily sunscreen is an effective tool to reduce the risk of skin cancer.

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