In this blog, I will discuss the precautionary principle as applied to Sun Blocks and Skin Cancer...........
(This is a response based on an online research I did earlier in 2011)

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Sun Blocks and Skin Cancer

The precautionary Principle is a response to uncertainty - in the face of harm such as risks to health or the environment. In general, it is the official terminology for the idea: people planning to do something should prove it safe before carryout their plan. Most people have been exposed to the precautionary principle through their parents. As children, we all heard the sayings “Better safe than sorry!” and “Look before you leap”. As the popular saying goes, it is always better to be safe than sorry, and thus the precautionary principle must be followed when possible consequences of human actions are very large or could be catastrophic.

Precautionary Principle is applied to diverse areas including pollution, toxic chemicals, food and phytosanitary standards, fisheries management, species introductions and wildlife trade. Because one tiny human mishap can potentially risk catastrophic harm to so many areas of health and environment, it is crucial to be mindful of the potential harm of our actions before deciding to act upon it.

Many are unaware of the statistics which points to sun blocks as the most probable factors of skin cancer. Studies have shown that those who apply sun blocks on a regular basis are more susceptible to skins cancer than those who do not. But because the media – powerful proponents of cosmetics including sun blocks – continue to advertise sun blocks as a healthy barrier to harmful UV-rays, people have adopted a positive attitude towards the application of sun blocks.

Such statistics must require the government to apply the precautionary principle in the case for sun blocks. Because statistics point to sun blocks as a major factor of skin cancer, sun block sales should be put on suspension until satisfactory epidemiological research ensures that they are safe. Through this application of the precautionary principle, the general public can be more aware of and safe from the potentially damaging artificial chemicals in sun blocks.