I was not too concerned about getting sunburnt until I read this about people with darker skins!

People with dark skin are more likely to die from skin cancer!

(Dr. Hugh Gloster is a son of Dr. Hugh Morris Gloster, former president Morehouse College.)

Above: Dr. Gloster. (Photo
courtesy University of Cincinnati)
In a report presented to the American Academy of Dermatology by Dr. Hugh Gloster, Dermatologist at University of Cincinnati, he has concluded that while fair-skinned people are at more risk to develop
skin cancers, darker-skinned people are also prone it and when they do get it, it is more fatal than in fair-skinned individuals.
Dr. Gloster attributes the higher mortality rates in darker-skinned people to the cancers being diagnosed at a later stage.
Bio Medicine - Skin Cancer More Fatal In Dark-Skinned People

These findings were also reported by the BBC and NBC!
At this point I decided to investigate sunscreen. I came across another study.

Study: Some sunscreens overpromise on protection

There is a concern about the UV A radiation, which can penetrate deep into the skin. Here is a quote from the CNN article on this topic:

The Environmental Working Group, a Washington-based nonprofit, has released an investigation of nearly 1,000 brand-name sunscreens that says four out of five don’t adequately protect consumers and may contain harmful chemicals.

The group says that some of the products of the nation’s leading brands — including Coppertone, Neutrogena and Banana Boat — are the poorest performers. Read about the study

Here is a link where you can check to see how the sunscreen that you are using compares.

Dr. Andrew Weil - benefits of sunscreen greatly outweigh side effects

Dr. Weil sees skin cancer as a great threat.

I see the threat of skin cancer as far higher than any theoretical risk posed by the chemicals sunscreen contains. Skin cancer is increasing at an alarming rate due to the cumulative effects of sunburns and sun tanning, which is also a sign of skin damage. Choose whatever form of sun protection you prefer, but definitely keep something between your skin and the sun.
Source: DrWeil.com

More on Skin Cancer & Dark Skin:

  1. People of all races and colors get skin cancer.
  2. “You’re not immune to skin cancer.”