Saturday, October 23, 2010

CPT#3 Sun

Blessings, Darlings!

Today's cancer tip is all about the sun.  It's a mixed tip.

Relatively high vitamin D levels are associated with reduced cancer rates.  We create vitamin D naturally when our skin oils are exposed to ultra violet sunlight then re-absorbed into the body. 

However, high exposure to ultra violet sunlight is a risk factor in skin cancer. 

We here in the USA tend to wash off the necessary skin oils, plus don't get much daily sun.  When we DO get out in the sun we tend to use sunscreen which messes up the process.

Apparently, 10 minutes of exposure (of how much of the body they don't say!) without sunscreen and some unknown time after your last shower and before your NEXT shower (so you have time to both excrete than reabsorb those oils) is enough to help lower your cancer risk. 

Me, I try to get that exposure, but I also take 1000 to 2500 IU's of vitamin D3/Cholecalciferol daily - the amount has more to do with preventing influenza than cancer, but it wouldn't totally surprise me if there is overlap in protection.

Frondly, Fern

1 comment:

  1. Good tips Fern. I'm a skin cancer patient and limit my sun exposure for fear of getting more basal cells and/or melanoma. But there are times that I'll go out, before the harsh sun rays, and get a lil bit. :)