Talking Points

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Safe sun

October 31, 2017 at 3:38 pm

New evidence on safe sun exposure



There is a large amount of confusing information in the media about the benefits and dangers of sun exposure.


Too much direct sunlight can certainly increase your chances of developing skin cancer. However there is also evidence that exposure to sunlight is good for you while artificial light is not.


One recent publication has shown that exposure three days a week to UK summer sun wearing shorts, tee shirt and a hat is safe and also gives your vitamin D levels a boost. With this degree of sun exposure the natural repair mechanisms in the skin are not overwhelmed and it’s likely too be relatively safe.


The best advice is therefore as follows.


  1. Never use sunbeds.
  2. Wear light clothing and a hat.
  3. Seek the shade while in hot countries. Do not lie in direct sunlight even if you are wearing a high factor sunblock.
  4. Children must be protected from sun exposure.




This advice should keep your risk of skin cancer relatively low while gaining the benefits of being in the sun.



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