Navigation Links
Safe Sun Exposure a Burning Issue

The definition of a ‘healthy’ amount of sun exposure may differ across Australia, a senior cancer researcher has warned. //

Exposure to the sun is needed for the production of vitamin D, which is necessary for maintenance of bone health and may also be important for prevention of several cancers.

Australians are becoming confused as they attempt to strike a balance between keeping out of the sun to avoid skin cancer and getting enough sun to ensure healthy levels of vitamin D, Dr Rachel Neale said in an editorial in the latest issue of the Medical Journal of Australia.

Dr Neale, an epidemiologist working with the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Brisbane, said the solution is not simple.

'It still may not be possible to provide a single message about ‘healthy’ sun exposure appropriate for the whole of Australia,' say Dr Neale and colleagues.

'It has been estimated that only 6-12 minutes of winter sun exposure three to four times a week may be sufficient to produce ‘healthy’ levels of vitamin D in Brisbane, compared with 51 minutes in Melbourne.'

In addition, Dr Neale said many factors contribute to a person’s risk of skin cancer or ability to synthesise vitamin D, including age, skin type, body mass index, food choices, liver health, and environmental conditions.

Guidelines devised by skin, bone, and cancer specialists advise that sun protection is required if the UV index is three or above, that people living in southern Australia might need more sun exposure to achieve adequate vitamin D levels, that people at high risk of skin cancer need more rigorous sun protection, and that elderly people and those who cover themselves with clothing for cultural or religious reasons may need vitamin D supplementation.

However, Dr Neale said further research is needed into the science behind the recommendations, and that their complex nature may require further expl anation for the general public.

'The challenge … is to provide a public health message that ensures skin cancer risk is minimised while taking a precautionary approach to the possible harms of insufficient circulating levels of vitamin D,' Dr Neale said.

'In the interim, … sun-safe practices should be encouraged and supplements used where necessary until we increase our basic understanding of the relationships between chronic disease, vitamin D and sunlight.'


Related medicine news :

1. Exposure to EMF may cause leukemia
2. Exposure To Tobacco Smoke Can Lead To Sickle Cell Crisis
3. Radiation Exposure Found To Affect Intellect Later In Life
4. Cancer Risk From Exposure To Diagnostic X-Rays
5. Limiting Infants Exposure To Smoke At Home
6. Exposure To Night Light may Increase The Risk Of Leukemia
7. Understanding The Harmful Effects Of Radiation Exposure
8. Asbestos Exposure Associated With An Increased Risk For Autoimmune Disease
9. Low dose Radiation Exposure May Cause Cancer
10. Exposure to cigarette smoke when in the womb can lead to asthma
11. Exposure to Pesticides in Schools Produces Illnesses Among Employees, Students
Post Your Comments:

(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... The holiday ... dish and pleasing the palates of attendees is of the utmost importance. Whether ... a seasonal get-together, give these recipes a try this holiday season. , Turkey ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... Nairobi (PRWEB) , ... November 26, 2015 , ... ... African Union Commission (AUC), European Union (EU), ANDI Pan African Centres of Excellence, ... Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON) for the opening of the 5th African Network ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... 25, 2015 , ... Dental professionals who would like to become more proficient ... attend Dr. Mark Iacobelli’s Advanced Implant Mentoring (AIM) CE course. Courses will be held ... the co-founders of Advanced Implant Mentoring (AIM), Dr. Iacobelli and Dr. D’Orazio are proud ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Smiles by Stevens is pleased to announce the ... While many patients are aware of the benefits of Botox® in the treatment of ... suffering with discomfort, soreness, and pain as a result of Jaw Tension, TMJ (temporo-mandibular ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... “While riding the bus, I saw a ... “I thought there had to be a convenient and comfortable way to protect them ... enables disabled individuals to safely travel during cold or inclement weather. In doing so, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... -- ) has announced the ... Viscosity Drugs" report to their offering. ... of the "Self Administration of High Viscosity ... Research and Markets ( ) has ... of High Viscosity Drugs" report to their ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... November 26, 2015 ... addition of the  "2016 Future Horizons ... Cell Surface Marker Testing Market: Supplier ... to their offering.  --> ... of the  "2016 Future Horizons and ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... , Nov. 25, 2015  Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN ... Application (BLA) with the United States ... 501, a biosimilar candidate to Humira ® (adalimumab). ... application submitted to the FDA and represents Amgen,s first ... Sean E. Harper , M.D., executive vice president of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: