Today’s Headlines: Why You Need to Double Check Your SPF, What You Should Know Before Getting into the Pool This Summer, and What May Help Prevent Cancer

Your sunscreen may be lying to you. According to a recent report, almost half of all sunscreens sold in the U.S. has less SPF than the amount listed on the bottle. “Researchers at Consumer Reports independently evaluated the Sun Protection Factor value of 65 sunscreen products — including lotions, sprays and sticks — and found that 43% of them had less SPF than the label promised… In this year’s report, 13 of the 35 sunscreen lotions that were tested had an SPF less than 30, despite all claiming to be at least SPF 30…[most] fell short by about 10 or 15 points.” SPF 30 is the general recommendation for sunscreen but researchers are now suggesting getting sunscreens with a listed SPF of 40 or higher to make up for the potential 10-15 point difference. (CNN)

Do you know if your public pool is safe? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that many pools have been shut down and will continue to be closed due to health and safety violations. “The agency on Thursday detailed inspection data, collected in 2013, in five states that are home to the largest number of public pools and hot tubs: Arizona, California, Florida, New York and Texas. Researchers examined the outcomes of 84,187 routine inspections of 48,632 public aquatic facilities, including hot tubs, pools, water parks and other spots where people swim in treated water. They found that almost 80 percent of the time, inspectors documented at least one health or safety violation.” The CDC advised parents to use store-bought test strips to test the pH levels of the water in public pools, look for cleaned drains and check to see that a lifeguard is on duty and that safety equipment is in good condition. (Washington Post)

Your daily habits may prevent you from getting cancer. Researchers have reported that healthy habits and an overall healthy lifestyle could decrease a person’s risk for developing cancer. “Of the people studied, 16,531 women and 11,731 men had a healthy lifestyle pattern and were determined to be low risk. These healthy patterns included moderate or no drinking, a BMI between 18.5 and 27.5, weekly physical activity that included at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity, and either never having smoked or currently not being a smoker. The authors then studied cancer rates among the high- and low-risk groups. They found that overall, 20 percent to 40 percent of carcinoma cases and about half of carcinoma deaths can be potentially prevented through lifestyle modification. Carcinomas form in the lining of certain tissues or organs and is the most common form of cancer.” While more research needs to be done, the evidence is encouraging. (ABC)