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Fact Check: Can regular use of sanitizer for 50 to 60 days increase risk of skin cancer?

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PIB Fact Check called the information shared in Hindi daily that continuous use of sanitizer for 50-60 days can lead to harmful skin disease & cancer, false. 

In the backdrop of coronavirus pandemic, a number of safety and hygiene measures have been issued by governments all over the world and washing hands with soap and the use of sanitizer are two of those measures. Amid this, an image of a Hindi news report surfaced on social media with a headline suggesting that research has revealed that continuous use of sanitizer for 50 to 60 days increases the risk of cancerous skin disease. 

A Twitter user shared the image saying, "50 to 60 days of continuous use of sanitizer, risk of cancer-skin disease: Research."

We also received a request to check the veracity of the news report. 

In this image, one can see the named of Hindi news daily "Dainik Bhaskar" and according to the image, this report was published on May 20. 

The truth behind the claim 

With the help of a reverse image, we found that this report was indeed published by Dainik Bhaskar. The same report was also published on its website

According to this report, Dr. Vinayak Tomar's research paper published in Internation Journal Boisar on May 8 has revealed that few chemicals used in sanitizers can prove to be very harmful to the human body. 

However, the Press Information Bureau's fact-checking arm called this information false. PIB Fact Check wrote, "Claim: A newspaper report states that continuous use of sanitizer for 50-60 days can lead to harmful skin disease & cancer This information is false. The use of hand sanitizers does not harm humans. Hand sanitizers with 70% alcohol content are recommended for protection against Covid19."

A Times of India published on May 7 also talked about the effects of using sanitizer regularly, however, there was no mention of increased risk of skin cancer in this report.

In conclusion, PIB Fact Check called the information shared in Hindi daily that continuous use of sanitizer for 50-60 days can lead to harmful skin disease & cancer, false. 

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