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Seeing the light on skin cancer

Another sunshine myth crumbles

There’s a link between sun exposure and melanoma alright, but it’s not what you’ve been told.

Sunlight doesn’t cause this deadly skin cancer… but a lack of it sure will!

I’ve been telling you that for years — decades, even. And now the studies are starting to catch up to me. The latest one shows that vitamin D can protect women from melanoma.

Of course, the number one source of vitamin D is the sun. But even your number 2 option — a quality vitamin D3 supplement — offers first-rate benefits.

Researchers looked at data on 36,000 women between 50 and 79 years over seven years. They found that the women who were taking D3 supplements had less than half the melanoma risk of women who were taking a placebo.

Men, women and children all need D — and as we spend less time in the sun (and slather on greasy, cancer-causing, sun-blocking goo when we do go out), our melanoma rates shoot right up.

One study out of sunny Australia a few years back found that office workers were more likely to get melanoma than lifeguards. It’s also a fact that melanoma is more common in gloomy Ohio than in the Sunshine State of Florida.

But read the coverage of the newest study, and it’s like the sun doesn’t even exist: The Reuters report on this study ran nearly 800 words… and not once did it mention sunlight.


Meanwhile, another new study claims daily aspirin use can slash your melanoma risk — but why on earth would you mess with a drug with serious known health risks when you can just get a little more sunlight and take a vitamin D supplement instead?

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