Will Your Moisturizer Give You Cancer?

Discussion in 'General Science & Technology' started by kmguru, Aug 15, 2008.

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    A new study linking moisturizers to skin cancer in mice may have some worried that chemicals lurking in their bottles of skin lotion could mean danger down the road.

    But while some dermatology experts believe this study may open the door to further research, most say that the study is, at best, scare science -- and at worst, just plain bad science.

    Researchers from Rutgers University in Piscataway, N.J., tested skin moisturizing creams on mice to determine whether their use is linked to cancer. To do this, they exposed hairless mice to ultraviolet radiation to mimic sun exposure, and afterward treated the mice with one of four popular moisturizers -- Dermabase, Dermavan, Eucerin or Vanicream.

    They found that the mice treated with moisturizers after the exposure to ultraviolet light grew more skin tumors -- and that these tumors were larger than those on untreated mice.

    Lead investigator Allan Conney, a professor of cancer and leukemia research at Rutgers, said the study should cause concern over the safety of many moisturizers.

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