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Which sunscreens can claim to prevent skin cancer?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
According to guidelines released in 2011 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a sunscreen can claim to prevent skin cancer if it has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher and offers broad-spectrum protection against both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays as proven by a standardized test.

A broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF lower than 15 must carry a warning that it does not protect against early skin aging or skin cancer.

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