Testing of Sunscreen Products for UV Protection
Kasey Fitzgerald is a science research student interested in preventing Skin Cancer, including Malignant Melanoma. Use of sunscreen products is one way to reduce your risk of skin cancer. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued new regulations for testing and labeling of sunscreen products.
Kasey performed a research study to confirm the effectiveness of sunscreen products. This study indicates that the quality of sunscreen protection may not be as expected. This study also indicates that the quality of the sunscreen protection does not necessarily correlate with cost. Because some sunscreen products tested from commercial retail stores may not meet the FDA standards for protection, consumers may be at risk and improved testing regulations should be considered.
Kasey's research presents important results that should make people think critically to ensure consumers are not at risk of increased skin cancer due to ineffective sunscreen products. Social change in the form of improved FDA regulations may be needed. We need to advocate for improved testing so that sunscreen products are as safe and effective as claimed, otherwise increased risk of skin cancer will result.
Nanuet Senior High School - Applied Science Research Program Attn: Kasey Fitzgerald - ASR Student Researcher - Principal Investigator for Project