A Unique Look at the Relationship between Sun Exposure & Skin Cancer
When most people consider sun exposure as it relates to skin cancer, the relationship that immediately comes to mind is one of causation. We are frequently presented with messages from sunscreen manufacturers and medical authorities stating that exposure to the sun’s harmful rays causes multiple types of skin cancer, but what you don’t know about this relationship may surprise you. At LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania in Collegeville, PA and Williamsport, PA, Dr. David DiGiallorenzo offers a full selection of advanced health and wellness services, helping his patients better understand the links between disease and our environment. Today, we’d like to discuss the unexpected and lesser known benefits of the sun as it pertains to skin cancer.
Can the Sun Actually Lower Your Cancer Risk?
According to multiple research studies, an insufficient level of vitamin D is associated with an increased risk of skin cancer, particularly melanoma. Melanoma is the leading cause of death among diseases of the skin, and is widely known as a dangerous and aggressive form of cancer. The best way to make sure that you are getting enough vitamin D is to have some fun in the sun on occasion, allowing your unprotected skin to soak up the rays for long enough to result in the very lightest of pink hues. For those with fair skin, this may be just a few minutes. For those with darker skin, or more melanin, more time may be required to get the full benefit.
While it is important to observe moderation when dealing with exposure to the sun in order to prevent severe burns, it is just as vital to ensure that you’re getting enough sunlight to promote adequate vitamin D production. The vitamin D your body produces when exposed to sunlight can also actually help to improve the health of patients who have already been diagnosed with melanoma. In fact, a study conducted in Italy confirmed that patients with melanoma who were exposed to more sun reduced their risk of death substantially.
Staying Healthy & Well-Informed
At LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania, our team understands the vital role of a balanced diet and a healthy, active lifestyle as they relate to the protection against cancer. We strive to provide our patients with the knowledge and tools they need to reduce their risk of cancer and a broad range of other serious diseases, promoting total-body wellness with proven therapies and personalized treatment plans. Contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. DiGiallorenzo and our skilled, compassionate team. Our primary goal is your overall well-being, and we strive every day to provide you with the tools and care you need to live a healthier life every day.
Our state-of-the-art practice offers two convenient locations in Williamsport, PA and Collegeville, PA, and we proudly serve the surrounding areas of Sunbury, Pottstown, Lock Haven, Bloomberg, and beyond.