Sunscreen Makers Sued, but Doctors Defend Products

“Sunscreen is the snake oil of the 21st century, and these companies that market it are Fortune 500 snake oil salesmen,” said Samuel Rudman, a lawyer with Lerach Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman and Robbins LLP, in a news release. “False claims such as ‘sunblock’ ‘waterproof” and ‘all-day protection’ should be removed from these products immediately.”

However, dermatologists — the doctors who most commonly treat skin cancer —vehemently rebutted the suit’s claims, saying that sunscreens were highly effective when used properly, but that they should always be used with other sun-smart behaviors like wearing a hat and avoiding sun exposure during peak daytime hours.

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