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Vitamin D, sun, sunbeds and health

  • Johan Moan (a1) (a2), Zivile Baturaite (a1), Asta Juzeniene (a1) and Alina Carmen Porojnicu (a1)
Abstract
AbstractObjective

To review the health effects of solar radiation, sunbeds and vitamin D.

Design

The literature was searched in the electronic database MEDLINE to indentify published data between 1981 and 2011. Studies were included if they reported relative risk for cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM) associated with sunbed use, vitamin D and UV effects on human health.

Setting

Data from different time periods for populations at different latitudes.

Subjects

Persons of different ages and ethnic groups.

Results

UV from sun and sunbeds is the main vitamin D source. Young people with white or pigmented skin in northern Europe have a low vitamin D status. A number of health benefits from sufficient levels of vitamin D have been identified. However, UV exposure has been suspected of causing skin cancer, notably CMM, and authorities warn against it.

Conclusions

The overall health benefit of an improved vitamin D status may be more important than the possibly increased CMM risk resulting from carefully increasing UV exposure. Important scientific facts behind this judgement are given.

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*Corresponding author: Email Zivile.Baturaite@rr-research.no
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5. J Moan & A Dahlback (1993) Epidemiologic data from Scandinavia. In Environmental UV Photobiology, pp. 255293 [LO Bjørn, J Moan, W Nultsch et al., editors]. New York: Plenum Press.

6. J Moan , AC Porojnicu & A Dahlback (2006) Epidemiology of cutaneous malignant melanoma. In Skin Cancer Prevention, pp. 179201 [U Ringborg, Y Brandberg, EW Breitbart et al., editors]. New York: Informa Healthcare.

35. J Moan , Z Baturaite , AC Porojnicu (2012) UVA, UVB and incidence of cutaneous malignant melanoma in Norway and Sweden. Photochem Photobiol Sci (Epublication ahead of print version).

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Public Health Nutrition
  • ISSN: 1368-9800
  • EISSN: 1475-2727
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