Sunscreen – for emergency use only.

It’s good to see that the Cancer Research UK website has at last recognised that vitamin D might be important for our health and that shade or clothing should come before sunscreen in prevention of sunburn but all the emphasis is still on the arbitrary use of sunscreen to avoid a suntan. Only from direct exposure to sunlight does the skin make sufficient vitamin D which will help protect the body from many forms of cancer and other diseases. The media should stop promoting the myth that any exposure to the sun is dangerous. A culture has been created where my kids and their partners will smoke twenty cigarettes a day but worry far more about the ‘dangers’ of slight exposure to sunlight. Skin cancer is the cause of surprisingly few deaths in the UK – about 20-30 people in a million die of skin cancer every year while smoking causes 43000 deaths. Cancer Research UK’s Sunsmart website references scientific papers to support sunscreen use but those same documents will tell you … “mounting scientific evidence that implicates vitamin D deficiency with an increased risk of type I diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, cardiovascular heart disease, and many common deadly cancers.” …so perhaps the risk of skin cancer is a small price to pay for the benefits gained from vitamin D? “Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer in...

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