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MAYBE A little sunshine isn't so bad after all


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MAYBE A little sunshine isn't so bad after all.

After years of telling people to wear sunscreen when they're out in the sun, the medical community is beginning to think -- thanks to recent studies -- that maybe some time out in the sun may actually be good for you.

The reason? Vitamin D.

The vitamin, which is made in the human skin by ultraviolet rays, is increasingly viewed by scientists as an anti-cancer agent. In four studies released in the past few months, the vitamin has been found to protect against lymphoma, prostate, colon, lung and skin cancer.

No one is suggesting that people fry on a beach. But many scientists believe that "safe sun" -- 15 minutes or so a few times a week without sunscreen -- is not only possible but helpful to health.

One is Dr. Edward Giovannucci, a Harvard professor of medicine and nutrition who laid out his case in a lecture at a recent American Association for Cancer Research meeting in Anaheim.

His research suggests that vitamin D might help prevent 30 deaths for each one caused by skin cancer.

SomeOne in the the Scientific community owes lots of people an apology.... decades of sunscreen and fear mongering of the sun have done quite a bit of damage i'm guessing....

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