Skin Cancer Advice Increasing Cancer
As reported in Epoch Time 6/11 Melanoma Doctor: Get More Sun! By Dr. John Briffa -
I almost fell off my office chair when I read an article on May 24 in the Daily
Mail: "Yes! A dose of sun CAN protect you against skin cancer," by oncologist
(cancer specialist) professor Angus Dalgleish.
Dalgleish has a particular interest in malignant melanoma. In the article, he
draws our attention to the links between vitamin D and cancer, including the
link between low vitamin D levels and melanoma. He warns that the anti-sun
propaganda many us have been familiar with for much of our lives may well have
led to a chronic deficiency of vitamin D. The implication is clear: Our Advice About Sun Exposure May Be Contributing To Increasing Cancer
Incidence, Including Melanoma.
In April, I wrote about the relationship between sunlight and melanoma, and
presented some observations from dermatologist Dr. Sam Shuster including these
• The Relationship Between Melanoma And Latitude Is Small And Inconsistent (In
Other Words, Locations Closer To The Equator With More Sunlight Exposure Do Not
See Significantly Increased Malignant Melanoma Incidence).
• Malignant Melanoma Incidence And Death From This Condition Are Lower In
Individuals With Increased Sunlight Exposure (11 Studies Are Cited As Evidence
To Support This).
• Incidence Of Malignant Melanoma Is Not Reduced And Can Be Increased By
• Melanoma Risk Associated With Sunbed Use Is "Small And Inconsistent."
• Inducing Malignant Melanoma In The Laboratory Using Ultraviolet Light Is
Difficult (In Contrast To Other Less-Aggressive And More-Treatable Skin
Dalgleish's comments further call into question the general advice we have about
sun exposure and the risks it poses regarding melanoma specifically. His ideas
go against the grain of conventional thinking somewhat, and I believe he should
be applauded for injecting some objectivity into the debate. I don't know Angus
Dalgleish personally, but my suspicion is he is a man who thinks for himself
and is interested in giving the best care and advice possible to his patients.
I also think it's probably true that he and his department receive no funding
from the manufacturers of sunscreen.
Dr. John Briffa is a London-based physician and author with an interest in
nutrition and natural medicine. His website is DrBriffa.com