Changes to This Summary (05/23/2013)
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Added text to state that it is possible that individuals who use sunscreen may experience excess sun exposure because they avoid sunburn but do not avoid harmful UV radiation.
Added text about a systematic review of the association between sunscreen use and the development of melanocytic nevi in children that reported issues with study quality and heterogeneity, hindering conclusive assessments; however, of 15 studies meeting inclusion criteria, 12 found either an increased incidence or no association (cited de Maleissye et al. as reference 31).
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