The presence of compounds with endocrine activity in sunscreen products

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ΠΜΣ Περιβάλλον και Υγεία. Διαχείριση Περιβαλλοντικών Θεμάτων με Επιπτώσεις στην Υγεία
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Πρωτόπαπα Ευαγγελία, Καθηγήτρια, Σχολή Επαγγελμάτων Υγείας και Πρόνοιας, ΤΕΙ Αθήνας
Νικολοπούλου-Σταμάτη Πολυξένη, Αναπληρώτρια Καθηγήτρια, Ιατρική, ΕΚΠΑ
Νικόλαος Καβαντζάς, Καθηγητής, Ιατρική, ΕΚΠΑ
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Η παρουσία ενώσεων με ενδοκρινική δράση στα αντηλιακά προιόντα
Translated title:
The presence of compounds with endocrine activity in sunscreen products
Sunlight, in addition to the invaluable benefits it offers to the human body, such as vitamin D, can cause serious damage to human health when we unnecessarily and inexplicably expose it to it. Our skin is the first organ that, due to its large surface area and its direct contact with light, receives the largest amount of solar radiation. This radiation causes bodily harm that can range from simple erythema to dangerous or even lethal carcinomas. Protecting us from excessive sun exposure by using sunscreen products is considered by our experts. For years, dermatologists have stressed that sunscreens protect the skin, but today many question it by raising a quality issue for several sunscreens. In fact, recent in vitro and in vivo studies have raised concerns about their ability to disrupt endocrine and reproductive functions, and may pose a greater risk than moderate sun exposure. Most sunscreens contain chemical compounds and components responsible for causing allergies, radial spots, and causing carcinogenesis by their cumulative effect. The use of endocrine disrupters is widespread and the sources of exposure are multiple. Researchers argue that combinations of estrogen-containing substances in sunscreens and other pollutants can act together and intensify their effects. In the present study we will study their ability to cause endocrine as well as reproductive disorders while focusing on the contained active substances of sunscreen products. Exposure to our endocrine disruptors is all about us, but humans are more vulnerable to these chemicals during fetal life and during childhood, as they can intervene at various stages of development. Many times a significant amount of time elapses from exposure to endocrine disrupters to the onset of symptoms, making study of their action particularly difficult.
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Health Sciences
Endocrine disruptors, Sunscreen products, UV filters, Ultraviolet radiation, Endocrine disorders, Reproductive disorders
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