Skip to comments.Scientists say sunshine may prevent cancer
Posted on 05/23/2005 8:14:31 AM PDT by mlc9852
Scientists are excited about a vitamin again.
But unlike fads that sizzled and fizzled, the evidence this time is strong and keeps growing. If it bears out, it will challenge one of medicine's most fundamental beliefs: that people need to coat themselves with sunscreen whenever they're in the sun. Doing that may actually contribute to far more cancer deaths than it prevents, some researchers think.
(Excerpt) Read more at sun-sentinel.com ...
Thanks for the post.
Well, it was just out in the Sun-Sentinel today. If you had already read it, seems you would have just skipped over it. It's the first I had heard of it so please accept my apology.
Careful, your venom is leaking...
For some reason this picture seems appropriate...
And in other news, pharmaceutical companies are seeking ways to ban sunlight until they can get patents for it...
Am I the only one who has often wondered how the human race survived for so long without sunscreen?
You're not alone! lol
I laugh, but that is so accurate that I shouldn't.
All things in moderation,..... except Republicans.
Be nice, some of us missed it the first time around. Thanks mlc.
Thank you for posting. I didn't see the previous one. I can't believe how rude some people are. If they have already read the article, then skip over it and go to another.
I note that up north, in places like Syracuse, where in winter they don't see the sun for days at a time, that everyone consumes huge quantities of cheese, which also provides vitamin D. I have a feeling that the people there just crave the cheese, unaware that the craving could be caused by the need for the vitamin.
I know they already mentioned it, but if you go fishing all day, or go to the beach all day in Fort Lauderdale, you'd better have sun protection, preferably zinc oxide.
I think that darker skinned folks lived toward the tropics, while lighter skinned ones occupied the higher latitudes.
I spend a lot of time outdoors and always wear sunblock when I'm away from home taking part in various activities because I burn easily and don't care for the pain. I do tend to work in the yard without it though which looks like it may be a good thing.
Thanks for posting this.
No, you missed my point. We live in a farming/ranching community. Most kids in this rural area grew up in the sun, working the fields and tending the herds. Sunscreen as we know it has only been around a few decades--prior to that, it was only a hat and clothing (often shortsleeved or sleeveless) between them and the sun for often 12 hours a day, yet skin cancer was practically unheard of around here until recently. Ladies often wrapped up, but it was because they wanted pale, white skin--tans were not considered ladylike. It had nothing to do with skin cancer.
Where do you live?
I too grew up in a rural farming area. As far as I know, people still don't use sunscreen there. OTOH, farm workers are not wearing shorts and short sleeves in the field.
I've often wondered if sun screen didn't cause cancer itself.
Thanks for posting, I missed it the first time around.
Some of us don't FReep 24/7.
Yeah, I hadn't seen it either though apparently some had. Thought it was interesting.
They're also linking the lack of sun/vitamin D to osteoporosis. Especially nowdays, kids don't seem to play outside as much, and they're frequently drinking more soft drinks than milk.
Oklahoma. And yes, short sleeves or sleeveless shirts are often worn--younger guys sometimes wear cutoffs and go shirtless, but most folks don't wear shorts to work the fields. You mostly want to wear jeans and good heavy shoes or boots, as you would around any kind of machinery. It gets hot here--long sleeves aren't that comfortable. You see a lot of the "farmers tans"--from short sleeved shirts.
Some studies are saying just that--but I'll wait to see if it's really true. I don't like to wear it myself, most of it gives me a rash. I burn easily, so I'm careful not to stay in the sun too long at a time.
First, there's a study that says all our kids do is lay around all day watching TV.
Then there's a study that says that kids are getting melanoma in greater and greater numbers, despite the fact that they're inside all the time (according to study number one.)
What's the deal? Is it the sunscreen that's causing the cancer? After all, there's more melanoma now than before sunscreen.
I think we need a study. :)
Skin cancer or no, the sun will still prematurely age your skin.
Oh, yeah. All these ranchers and farmers around here really worry about their skin "aging prematurely"--NOT. (guffaw)
Well, I gather that sunscreen is generally thought necessary to some extent in Oklahoma these days. I agree that it probably generally is not particularly necessary, just as it was not in the rural VA where I was raised. It didn't exist when I was a kid, even for people in the tropics. Oklahoma and VA are rather higher latitudes, though. Now I am wondering if Virginians routinely use it?
I live in So Florida these days, though, 25 degrees North, and will say that even slightly prolonged activity outdoors here, especially near something reflective like the ocean, does require strong sun protection for whiter people. Those of us who worked on the sea down here used suncscreen and hats, but still developed very brown leathery and wrinkled skin over the years. If I had to do it over again, I'd have just worn long sleeves while at sea.
My opinion is that the skin of black people, who are I think originally native to these latitudes, is much better protected from the sun. But I will admit that black Americans who have been aboard with me did use sunscreen. OTOH, I think that Bahamians tend to ignore the stuff.
Of course, there were white people sailing all through the tropics during the 18th and especially 19th centuries. All I can say is that if they didn't find a way to protect themselves, they must have suffered. Alexander Hamilton grew up in the tropics I believe. It's an interesting question.
I think you may be onto something there...
If you eat carrots or applesauce, you WILL die.
Of course you will die if you never eat them.