Can two contradictory facts be true?
Skin cancer (melanomas) are up over 3000% from 1970 to date.
Yet the fact is people are exposed to less sun than they were.
Because of air conditioning, TV and computers, we are now getting less sun than ever.
Both of these are facts.
Yet scientists keep telling us that the sun causes skin cancer.
It would seem that we should actually be seeing a dramatic decrease in skin cancer, what could be causing this apparent contradiction?
Now for this strange fact: 75% of all melanomas are in places that are not exposed to the sun.
A U.S. Navy study found that melanoma occurred more frequently in sailors who worked indoors all the time. Those who worked outdoors had the lowest incidence of melanoma.
This is all very contradictory information.
Could there be another cause of skin cancer?
Well, there is a problem with sunscreen.
The first version blocked the rays of the sun that allowed for the production of vitamin D in the body while allowing the rays that were shown to stimulate cancer cells.
Most sunscreens contain oxybenzone which is supposed to absorb ultraviolet light but can be absorbed in the skin and may disrupt hormones and has been linked to skin cancer.
It has been allowed because in the opinion of many experts, sun exposure is more dangerous than oxybenzone exposure.
But what if sensible sun exposure is what protects you from skin cancer by giving you vitamin D?
Scientists have shown as recently as this 2017 study that vitamin D is vital to fighting skin cancer.
Yet, limiting sun exposure creates a deficit.
You can’t get this by drinking milk, even with fortification you would have to drink 200 glasses of it to get enough.
This is not to be taken as a license to go out and get sunburned every day, but there is more and more evidence that Americans are suffering from chronically low levels of vitamin D.
While taking 5000 IU of vitamin D3 every day can take care of this, it is also advisable to get a sensible amount of sun every day.
We can manufacture enough just by getting 10-30 minutes of mid-day sun.
For instance, if you were as far north as England, you can get enough vitamin D by just getting 13 minutes of sun around noon.
What are the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency? According to the Vitamin D Council, it is:
“The symptoms of vitamin D deficiency are sometimes vague and can include tiredness and general aches and pains. Some people may not have any symptoms at all.
If you have a severe vitamin D deficiency you may have pain in your bones and weakness, which may mean you have difficulty getting around. You may also have frequent infections. However, not everyone gets these symptoms.
If you think you may have vitamin D deficiency, you should see your physician, or have a blood test to check your vitamin D levels.”
What happens when you don’t have enough? Well, one possible result is skin cancer.
The ultimate irony is that our use of sunscreen and limiting our exposure to the sun may be the root cause of the explosion of melanomas in the U.S.
Add to that we have been working to lower cholesterol, but this is what is needed in the skin to manufacture vitamin D.
So, getting a sensible amount of sun, avoiding sunscreens and ensuring you have adequate amounts of cholesterol may be the secret to avoiding skin cancer.
Now melanoma is nothing to ignore. If you allow it to metastasize it can cause a horrible death. It kills roughly 8,000 people a year.
But the dangers to vitamin D deficiency are also very dangerous.
As Dr. John Cannell, executive director of the Vitamin D Council, told Rheumawire:
“When you intubate (put a tube in his throat to breath for him) a patient, you are taking control of the system and you have an affirmative duty to maintain that system. When dermatologists advise people to stay out of the sun, they are effectively taking control of the system and preventing people from obtaining the many health benefits of vitamin D.”
In other words, get a sensible amount of sun to maintain your health.