breast cancer

Sun Exposure Protects Against Advanced Breast Cancer

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New research suggests that getting a lot of sun exposure may reduce the risk of advanced breast cancer in women with light skin. In fact, it may reduce the risk by as much as 47 percent.

Researchers say the protective factor most likely comes from the active form of vitamin D the body produces when exposed to sunlight. Fair-skinned women produce more vitamin D when exposed to sunlight than do their darker-skinned counterparts.

While experts warn against too much sun exposure, they also warn against the dangers of no sun exposure, especially in light of this study and other recent studies that indicate a direct correlation between vitamin D deficiency and cancer risk.

Posted by Tracy on October 29, 2007 1:42 PM | DIGG | | furl


The only problem with getting all of that sun exposure (which they mentioned briefly) is the fact that they are opening themselves up to getting skin cancer.

Avoiding one to possibly get the other is not much of a feat.