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July|Aug 2017

Protect the Skin You're In

Being physically active outdoors is healthy and can help prevent conditions like obesity.  Anyone, no matter their skin tone, can get skin cancer.  Use a layered approach to get sun protection.  Find out how below.

Health Pros & Cons of the Sun

PROS

Vitamin D –  Skin exposed to sunshine can make vitamin D that helps the body use calcium and phosphorus to make strong bones and teeth.

Possible Lower Cancer Risk – A number of epidemiologic studies are investigating whether people with higher vitamin D intakes or higher blood levels of vitamin D have lower risks of specific cancers.

 

Mental Health – Exercise involving exposure to natural sunlight is a new development in alternative treatment to depression.

Better Night’s Sleep – When people are exposed to sunlight or very bright artificial light in the morning, their nocturnal melatonin production occurs sooner, and they enter into sleep more easily at night.

Sources: www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/diet/vitamin-d-fact-sheet

www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/sunlight

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2290997/

CONS

Both UVA rays and UVB rays are carcinogenic.  UVB rays are most intense from 10 am to 4 pm, are blocked by window glass, and are most responsible for sunburn.  They can result in:

Sunburns accompanied by fever, headache, itching, and malaise.

Premature aging of the skin, including wrinkling and age spots.

Increased risk for skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.

Eye problems like ocular pterygium formation, cataracts, and macular degeneration.

Source: wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2018/the-pre-travel-consultation/sun-exposure