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Scientists say sunshine may prevent cancer
Sun-Sentinel ^ | May 23, 2005 | Marilynn Marchione

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 ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: health; welcometo2daysago

1 posted on 05/23/2005 8:14:31 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: mlc9852
Nothing like posting OLD NEWS! GAWD THIS NEWS IS SO OLD. Try using the search feature.
2 posted on 05/23/2005 8:18:54 AM PDT by xrp (Fox News Channel should rename itself the Missing Persons Network)
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To: mlc9852

Good read.

Thanks for the post.


3 posted on 05/23/2005 8:21:09 AM PDT by Air Conditioned Gypsy
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To: xrp

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.


4 posted on 05/23/2005 8:21:16 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: xrp

Careful, your venom is leaking...


5 posted on 05/23/2005 8:21:45 AM PDT by raivyn (I think the cops have every right to shoot your sorry ass if you're running from them -George Carlin)
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To: mlc9852
Don't worry - I hadn't see it either...

For some reason this picture seems appropriate...


6 posted on 05/23/2005 8:23:37 AM PDT by raivyn (I think the cops have every right to shoot your sorry ass if you're running from them -George Carlin)
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To: cyborg; Arizona Carolyn

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?

;)


7 posted on 05/23/2005 8:25:06 AM PDT by MizSterious (First, the journalists, THEN the lawyers.)
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To: MizSterious

You're not alone! lol


8 posted on 05/23/2005 8:26:00 AM PDT by cyborg (Serving fresh, hot Anti-opus since 18 April 2005)
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To: MizSterious
patents

I laugh, but that is so accurate that I shouldn't.

9 posted on 05/23/2005 8:29:15 AM PDT by Innisfree
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To: MizSterious

All things in moderation,..... except Republicans.


10 posted on 05/23/2005 8:29:27 AM PDT by stevio (Red-Blooded American Male)
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To: xrp; mlc9852

Be nice, some of us missed it the first time around. Thanks mlc.


11 posted on 05/23/2005 8:30:10 AM PDT by hobson
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To: mlc9852

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.


12 posted on 05/23/2005 8:30:31 AM PDT by Millie
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To: mlc9852
Feel the burn.

13 posted on 05/23/2005 8:34:31 AM PDT by evets (God bless President Bush and VP Cheney)
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To: mlc9852

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.


14 posted on 05/23/2005 8:45:30 AM PDT by Sam Cree (Democrats are herd animals)
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To: MizSterious
"Am I the only one who has often wondered how the human race survived for so long without sunscreen?"

I think that darker skinned folks lived toward the tropics, while lighter skinned ones occupied the higher latitudes.

15 posted on 05/23/2005 8:47:35 AM PDT by Sam Cree (Democrats are herd animals)
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To: mlc9852

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.


16 posted on 05/23/2005 8:50:28 AM PDT by Gardener
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To: Sam Cree

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.


17 posted on 05/23/2005 8:52:31 AM PDT by MizSterious (First, the journalists, THEN the lawyers.)
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To: MizSterious

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.


18 posted on 05/23/2005 9:00:36 AM PDT by Sam Cree (Democrats are herd animals)
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To: MizSterious

I've often wondered if sun screen didn't cause cancer itself.


19 posted on 05/23/2005 9:02:25 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (Legality does not dictate morality... Lavin)
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To: mlc9852

Thanks for posting, I missed it the first time around.

Some of us don't FReep 24/7.


20 posted on 05/23/2005 9:06:28 AM PDT by baseballmom
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To: baseballmom

Yeah, I hadn't seen it either though apparently some had. Thought it was interesting.


21 posted on 05/23/2005 9:09:20 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: mlc9852

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.


22 posted on 05/23/2005 9:21:45 AM PDT by toothfairy86
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To: Sam Cree

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.


23 posted on 05/23/2005 9:28:58 AM PDT by MizSterious (First, the journalists, THEN the lawyers.)
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To: mtbopfuyn

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.


24 posted on 05/23/2005 9:31:00 AM PDT by MizSterious (First, the journalists, THEN the lawyers.)
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To: raivyn

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. :)


25 posted on 05/23/2005 9:32:34 AM PDT by Saudade
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To: MizSterious

Skin cancer or no, the sun will still prematurely age your skin.


26 posted on 05/23/2005 9:38:14 AM PDT by Cecily
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To: Cecily

Oh, yeah. All these ranchers and farmers around here really worry about their skin "aging prematurely"--NOT. (guffaw)


27 posted on 05/23/2005 9:42:39 AM PDT by MizSterious (First, the journalists, THEN the lawyers.)
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To: MizSterious; Corin Stormhands

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.


28 posted on 05/23/2005 10:02:25 AM PDT by Sam Cree (Democrats are herd animals)
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To: Saudade

I think you may be onto something there...


29 posted on 05/23/2005 10:05:16 AM PDT by raivyn (ATTENTION: My /sarcasm is broken - please don't take ANYTHING I say personally!)
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To: xrp
Image
30 posted on 05/23/2005 10:25:29 AM PDT by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: mlc9852

If you eat carrots or applesauce, you WILL die.

Of course you will die if you never eat them.


31 posted on 05/23/2005 10:33:14 AM PDT by buffyt ("If men are so wicked with religion, what would they be if without it?" Ben Franklin)
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To: baseballmom
Some of us don't FReep 24/7.
What's wrong with you? I suppose you have a life or something? ;-)
32 posted on 05/23/2005 2:49:50 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (What's this for?)
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