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  • Sun screen 'increases risk of cancer'

    By Celia Hall, Medical Editor
    (Filed: 21/11/2003)

    Staying out of the sun and covering the body with sun screen lotions might increase the risk of breast, prostate and colon cancer, a doctor says today.



    Prof Cedric Garland from the University of California School of Medicine, La Jolla, recommends that British people should aim to spend 10 to 15 minutes a day in the summer sun, without sunscreen, to allow enough vitamin D to be synthesised in their bodies.

    "Solar exposure is the main source of vitamin D. Vitamin D and its metabolites reduce the risk of prostate and colon cancer," he says.

    In a letter to the British Medical Journal, Prof Garland says that sun exposure is the main course of vitamin D. In Britain and other northern European countries people do not synthesise vitamin D between November and March.

    He recommends that British people take vitamin D supplements in the winter.

    Sara Hiom, information manager at Cancer Research UK, said: "Our diet is also an important source of Vitamin D. Dairy products, some meats, eggs and fish oils all contain vitamin D.

    "We do not advocate complete avoidance of the sun, but we caution against sun exposure that leads to tanning and burning, both of which are evidence of skin damage that can lead to skin cancer."

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main...21/ixhome.html
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  • #2
    wear clothes in the sun

    every society has worn clothes in the sun

    (except if you are really dark)

    its only this euro-western thinking that you get naked in the sun

    duh
    .لا نريد زعيما يخاف البيت الإبيض
    نريد زعيما يخاف الواحد الأحد
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    • #3
      Originally posted by AbuMubarak
      wear clothes in the sun

      every society has worn clothes in the sun

      (except if you are really dark)

      its only this euro-western thinking that you get naked in the sun

      duh
      yeah, plus if u wear like loose clothes u shud b cooler neway, than in all the bikinis or whatever, specially if u wear white
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        ‘Sunbathing A Little Cuts Cancer Risk’

        LONDON, Nov. 21. — Avoiding exposure to the sun will not reduce the overall level of cancer, an expert has claimed. Instead, he says, everybody should aim for 10-15 minutes in the sun every day, unprotected by sunscreen.

        While those who shun the sun may reduce their risk of skin cancer, it will also reduce vitamin D levels, says Professor Cedric Garland, of the University of California in San Diego. Exposure to the sun is the main source of vitamin D, he writes in the British Medical Journal, and vitamin D reduces the rates of cancers of the colon, breast and prostate.

        Prof. Garland was responding to an editorial in the BMJ in which the use of sunscreens was criticised because they created a false sense of security. The authors of the editorial recommended instead that people should avoid exposure to the sun.
        “The authors’ advice to avoid the sun would not be the best strategy for reducing overall incidence of cancer,” Prof. Garland responds. “Recommending moderate exposure to the sun would be more prudent.” He recommends “10 to 15 minutes in the sun, when the weather allows, without sunscreen, to allow adequate synthesis of vitamin D.”

        He also recommends the use of vitamin D supplements at the level of ten micrograms a day for children over the age of one and for adults, with those over 70 increasing the dose to 15 micrograms a day.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by AbuMubarak
          wear clothes in the sun

          every society has worn clothes in the sun

          (except if you are really dark)

          its only this euro-western thinking that you get naked in the sun

          duh
          Those suffering from psoriasis like to travel from my area to the south, just to be subjected to the sun.

          As excerpt from Al-Ahram: "Psoriasis patients, on the other hand, bathe in the sea and lie in the sun, also twice a day. The duration of exposure to the sun is prescribed by the therapist and a patient should see rapid improvement in about a month, depending on the case. In acute cases, patients are asked to repeat the course of treatment."

          http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/1999/418/feat1.htm
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          • #6
            jc, tell that to all of these skin cancer patients
            .لا نريد زعيما يخاف البيت الإبيض
            نريد زعيما يخاف الواحد الأحد
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            • #7
              Originally posted by AbuMubarak
              jc, tell that to all of these skin cancer patients
              Cancer caused by lotion is unknown here, whereas psoriasis is quite common.
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              • #8
                sun screens are used tho for the treatment of diseases like SLE...
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                • #9
                  Don't Muslim men ever suffer from sun burnt noses, foreheads or faces in general? I must even wear a cap in the first few days, if I go to the south. Just to avoid my scalp getting burnt.

                  Sun lotion helps, but I mostly forget to use it!
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