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Thursday, May 08, 2014

Sunbathing Prevents Skin Cancer

As I sit in my office gazing at a rain lashed sarf cost, I am gemused at the seasonal massive marketing push by the purveyors of expensive lotions to sell all and sundry factor 50 sunblock etc.

Nanny has so successfully conditioned us over the last decade or so to fear the sun, that the purveyors of factor 50 have made a nice little earner out of it. This despite the fact that average British summer generally requires brollies rather than lollies and factor 50.

Anyhoo, as with all of Nanny's "research", it seems that her fears over sunbathing being akin to rubbing oneself with a radioactive rod may in fact be bollocks.

Researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden have concluded that women who never sunbathe during the summer are twice as likely to die than those who sunbathe everyday.

The researchers claim that guidelines which advise people to stay out of the sun unless wearing sunscreen may be harming the population, particularly in countries like Britain.

No kidding!

The research, which followed nearly 30,000 women over 20 years, suggests that women who stay out of the sun are at increased risk of skin melanomas and are twice as likely to die from any cause, including cancer.

Dr Pelle Lindqvist, lead author, is quoted by the Telegraph:
"The results of this study clearly showed that mortality was about double in women who avoided sun exposure compared to the highest exposure group.
Sun exposure advice which is very restrictive in countries with low solar intensity might in fact be harmful for women’s health. 

The mortality rate was increased two-fold among avoiders of sun exposure as compared to those with the highest sun exposure habits.”
Unsurprisingly it is likely that the lack of vitamin D may to be blame. Vitamin D is created in the body through exposure to sunshine and a deficiency is known to increase the risk of diabetes, tuberculosis, multiple sclerosis and rickets.

Cases of rickets have risen fourfold in the last 15 years as sunscreen has increased in popularity.

Previous studies have shown that vitamin D can increase survival rates for women with breast cancer while deficiencies can signal prostate cancer in men. Low levels of vitamin D have also been linked to more aggressive forms of skin cancer.

Public Health England says it would be considering the research carefully.

Doubtless those who lobby on behalf of the companies that manufacture and sell sunblock 50 will be pressing for this research to be rubbished by Nanny.

As with everything, use your commonsense and don't overdo it!

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