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New study finds sun avoidance may be a risk factor for mortality

Posted on: April 22, 2014   by  Jeff Nicklas


Researchers, in a study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, found that avoiding sun exposure may increase the risk for all-cause mortality in women.

In past blogs, we’ve covered the positive and negative aspects of sun exposure. Safe, moderate sun exposure is the natural and best way to meet your body’s requirements for vitamin D. On the other hand, intense, infrequent sun exposure may increase your risk for malignant melanoma (MM), the most severe form of skin cancer.

In recent decades, a “sun scare” has developed that has led  people to avoid sun exposure because studies showing increased risk of skin cancer due to intense sun exposure have received more public attention than ones showing the benefits of vitamin D and safe, moderate sun exposure.

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1 Response to New study finds sun avoidance may be a risk factor for mortality

  1. John Cannell, MD

    This study also showed that sun bed use was associated with a lower death rate.

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