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 facts:

• 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 Sunscreen Use.

• 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 Cancers).

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
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