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    Post Vitamin D + Sunshine = Bad Medicine

    American Academy of Dermatology Urges Public to Practice Sun Safety
    SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (July 3, 2003) – The American Academy of Dermatology is deeply concerned that recent reports linking the health benefits of vitamin D to unprotected sun exposure mislead the public about the very real dangers of sun exposure, the leading cause of skin cancer.

    “While vitamin D may be one benefit of ultraviolet light (UV) exposure, the evidence that UV radiation from the sun causes skin cancer is overwhelming and convincing,” stated dermatologist Raymond L. Cornelison Jr., MD, President of the American Academy of Dermatology. “Given the fact that the Department of Health and Human Services recently declared UV radiation produced by the sun as a known carcinogen, it is dangerous to mislead the public into thinking that sunlight is a safe and effective ‘cure’ for other health conditions.”

    Sunlight consists of two types of harmful rays – UVA rays and UVB rays. The UVB rays are the sun’s burning rays (which are blocked by window glass) and are the primary cause of sunburn and skin cancer. UVA rays (which pass through window glass) penetrate deeper into the dermis, or base layer of the skin. They also contribute to sunburns, skin cancer and skin aging. Both UVA and UVB rays can cause suppression of the immune system, which helps to protect you against the development and spread of cancer.

    “People who practice proper sun protection and are concerned that they are not getting enough vitamin D should either take a multivitamin or drink a few glasses of vitamin D fortified milk every day,” said Dr. Cornelison. “The dangers of exposing oneself to carcinogenic UV light from the sun, even for a few minutes, are firmly established, particularly since dietary intake of vitamin D can completely and easily fulfill our needs.”

    The AAD recommends that everyone practice a comprehensive sun protection program, including avoiding outdoor activities between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the strongest, seeking shade whenever possible, wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 and reapplying it every two hours, and wearing sun-protective clothing.

    One in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime and it is one of the few cancers where the cause is known: overexposure to UV rays of the sun. It is estimated that 91,900 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with melanoma (the most serious form of skin cancer) in 2003, and approximately 7,600 deaths will be attributed to melanoma this year. At this rate, one person dies of melanoma every hour.

    The American Academy of Dermatology, founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of over 14,000 dermatologists worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical, and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin. For more information, contact the AAD at 1-888-462-DERM or

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    Post Re: Vitamin D + Sunshine = Bad Medicine

    Anyone worried about skin cancer should avoid the sun, end of story.
    Sun-Creams and Sun-Blocks are not going to help as most of them contain chemicals with a Benzene base which is carcinogenic in itself. It might stop you getting burned, but if you don't get cancer from the UV rays, then you'll just get it from your suntan lotion

    I've also heard that many of these suntan lotions are full of chemicals that mimic oestrogen. So if you end up with a Ladyboy on holiday, blame your sun protection

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