by Dena Schmidt, NaturalHealth365
We’ve all heard the warnings about sunbathing and getting too much sun exposure, but scientific research gives us good reason to rethink any fear-based concerns about the sun.
A major study done by Swedish researchers at the Karolinska Institute has found that people who avoid the sun altogether actually have a higher risk of skin melanomas. They also have double the risk of dying from any health issue — including cancer. The study, which followed almost 30,000 women for 20 years, was recently published in The Journal of Internal Medicine.
These results indicate that there’s much more to the story when it comes to sun exposure. With mortality nearly double in those who avoided the sun compared with those who sunbathed daily, the implications are profound.
While sunlight exposure and ultraviolet radiation are often cited as major causes of melanomas on the skin, dermatologist Dr. A. Bernard Ackerman says the link between sun exposure and melanoma have not been definitively proven. He points out that Asians and blacks tend to get melanomas on skin not exposed to sunlight, such as on their palms, the soles of their feet and mucous membranes.
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