Contrary to popular belief that melanoma (skin cancer) is caused by sunlight, a new study suggests that melanoma may be caused by a lack of sunlight. And of course, the sun is your best source of vitamin D.
According to Dr William Campbell Douglass II of the Douglass Report, everyone including men and children needs vitamin D. The less time you spend in the sun, the higher your risk for skin cancer.
But before you go and bask in the sun to get your dose of vitamin D listen up…
The World Health Organisation estimates that more than 65,000 people in the world die from melanoma
Although safe sun exposure is essential for optimal health, incorrect exposure can raise your risk of skin cancer
Statistics show that up to 90% of skin changes like wrinkles, dryness, freckles, skin growths, and skin patches commonly thought to be a part of aging are actually caused by the sun, and the sun is responsible for 90%of all skin cancers.
It’s a case of too much of a good thing can actually be bad for you. So only get moderate sun exposure.
Why your body needs vitamin D…
It’s estimated that there is a 30% to 50% reduction risk for developing colorectal, breast, and prostate cancer
by either increasing your vitamin D or increasing sun exposure to raise blood levels.
According to Dr Douglass, a recent study shows that vitamin D can actually protect women from melanoma
Dr Douglass explains that researchers studied data on 36,000 women, between the ages of 50 and 79, over seven years. They discovered that the women who took vitamin D3 supplements had less than half (that's less than 50%) risk of melanoma than using sunscreen.
There’s no denying that the use of sunscreen is quite a debatable issue. Some experts agree that you should use sunscreen for sun protection, while others dispute the value of its use.
How can you protect your skin?
Dr Douglass’ advice is that, “the best sun protection is common sense: Go inside, or into the shade, when you start to turn pink, or after 15 to 20 minutes... And you'll be just fine.”
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