Sun may help battle skin cancer, studies find
4:00AM Wednesday Sep 23, 2009

Sunbathing is known to cause skin cancer - but it may also help people survive when they get it, scientists are reporting.

Two studies published yesterday showed that vitamin D produced by the action of the sun on the skin may help improve survival for patients with skin and bowel cancer.

The bizarre finding suggests that health warnings to avoid the sun have been too simplistic. Some exposure to the sun is necessary for health - it is excessive exposure leading to burning of the skin that does the damage.

A research team from the University of Leeds working with the US National Institutes of Health found a high level of vitamin D - suggestive of high sun exposure - protected patients with malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

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