Monday, July 13, 2009

Risk of sun exposure 'overstated' - report

A new report published in the journal Nature Genetics says the cancer risk for sun exposure is "overstated." Researchers from Queensland, Montreal, Philadelphia and London found that the amount of sunshine you get is a weak predictor of skin cancer, but the presence of moles is a very strong one.

They also point out that mole-related skin cancer, called Melanoma, can be treated by the early removal of a suspicious mole.

Researchers say that an "obsession" with avoiding sun to prevent skin cancer is contributing to Vitamin D deficiency, which is causing other health problems.