Medical News Summary: Sun exposure improves skin cancer survival rates as well as reducing risk of lymph gland cancers


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About: Sun exposure improves skin cancer survival rates as well as reducing risk of lymph gland cancers
Date: 1 February 2005
Source: AJC
Author: Randolph E. Schmid
Medical News Summary (summary of medical news story as reported by AJC): The UV radiation is sunlight has long been known to be a human carcinogen but a new study has determined that exposure to sunlight may reduce the risk of lymph gland cancer. Researchers stress that this does not mean people should spend more time in the sun as it is also a risk factor for melanomas or skin cancer. Surprisingly, researchers have found that survival rates of melanoma patients may be improved by increasing sun exposure. Researchers believe that this observation may be due to the beneficial effect of vitamin D gained from sun exposure or solar elastosis where the sun breaks downs skin collagen. Another study showed a relationship between increased sun exposure and reduced incidence of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
URL: http://www.ajc.com/health/content/health/0205/02suncancer.html
Related Disease Topics: Lymph gland cancer, Melanoma, Skin cancer, Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

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