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Does sunlight protect us from cancer?

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Abstract

The Ultraviolet (UV) radiation contained in sunlight is a powerful mutagen and immune suppressant which partly explains why exposure to solar UV is the biggest risk factor for the development of cutaneous tumours. Evidence is building that sunlight may be protective against some internal malignancies. Because patients with these tumours are often vitamin D deficient, this has led some to propose that vitamin D supplementation will be beneficial in the treatment of these cancers. However, the results from already completed trials have been disappointing which has given weight to the argument that there must be something else about sunlight that explains its cancer-protecting properties.

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The article was received on 08 Sep 2016, accepted on 15 Nov 2016 and first published on 17 Nov 2016


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C6PP00332J
Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2017,16, 416-425

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    Does sunlight protect us from cancer?

    J. E. Marshall and S. N. Byrne, Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2017, 16, 416
    DOI: 10.1039/C6PP00332J

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