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National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention Encourages Americans to Obtain Vitamin D Through Diet and Supplements
Date:7/14/2009

er 18 years of age, including infants, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 400 IU of vitamin D per day.

Because sufficient vitamin D can be acquired through diet and vitamin supplements, the Council recommends that adults and children practice comprehensive sun-protection behaviors and avoid intentional exposure to natural sunlight and artificial UV radiation (tanning beds) as a means to obtain vitamin D.

Practicing a comprehensive sun-protection regimen to avoid the risk of skin cancer is essential. The National Council's prevention guidelines include: seeking the shade between 10 am and 4 pm, generously applying sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher, and wearing sun-protective clothing, including wide brimmed hats and UV-protective sunglasses. For the full guidelines and the position statement, visit www.skincancerprevention.org . For a list of vitamin D sources in a typical diet, visit the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements website: http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/vitamind.asp.

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention is the united voice of 45 organizations, associations, and agencies dedicated to reducing skin cancer morbidity and mortality in the United States. The National Council members represent some of the nation's premier researchers, clinicians and advocates for melanoma and skin cancer prevention. To learn more about the National Council, visit: www.skincancerprevention.org


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