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Can pills protect against skin caner

January 14, 2019 at 6:31 pm

It has been reported that pills are being sold on line with the claim that they are sunscreen pills and can protect against skin cancer.


These are being sold on sites that sell vitamins.  However it’s important to realise that an “oral sunscreen” does not exist and sites suggesting that pills will protect against UV rays are misleading readers.


In some cases these pills contain no active ingredient and may even be harmful.


For people who are concerned about the dangers of skin cancer it’s important that they limit their exposure to direct sunlight and use a good high factor sunscreen to protect themselves.


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