Samstag, 22. Oktober 2016

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Sun-worshipers beware!

Leading IARC researcher warns that even sun creams don't protect forever - anyone who stays in the sun too long is increasing his risk of skin cancer

(lifePR) (Veldhoven, ) Sun creams provide protection against sunburn. But the risk of developing skin cancer still increases if you sunbathe for too long. The reason for this is that sun cream allows people to spend longer periods of time out in the sun without getting sunburnt, but at the same time the longer sun-worshipers sun themselves the higher the dosages of UV radiation they receive. As exposure to UV increases so does the risk of developing skin cancer - especially the dangerous black skin cancer (melanoma). Philippe Autier, a leading researcher at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), is now pointing out this connection in an article for the specialist journal "British Journal of Dermatology". Autier advises people not to stay in the sun for longer than would have been possible without sun cream before getting burnt, even when using skin cream. Autier recommends that advertising and packaging for sun cream should point out the increasing risk of skin cancer from long periods of sunbathing.

The epidemiologist Philippe Autier is also known outside scientific circles, due to his work for the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Autier's research concentrates on the connection between UV radiation and the risk of cancer.

The Sunlight Research Forum (SRF) is a non-profit organisation based in the Netherlands. Its aim is to make the latest medical and scientific findings on the effects of limited amounts of UV radiation upon human beings accessible to the wider public.


A summary of the article "Autier, Philippe: Sunscreen abuse for intentional sun exposure; British Journal of Dermatology 11/2009" can be downloaded from the SRF website
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The Sunlight Research Forum (SRF) is a not-for-profit organisation based in The Netherlands. SRF's aim is to help bring to the fore, the latest medical and scientific information on the effects of moderate UV exposure on man. It takes time, often decades, for new scientific ideas to be accepted and assimilated, first into the general body of scientific knowledge and finally into policy. We want to reduce this time to a minimum so that the benefits of research can lead to a better understanding of UV effects on man and will become available to the public without any unnecessary delay. We hope to provide policy makers with correct information on which to base national health policy and individuals with better information on which to base choices about their lifestyles.

New research and well founded ideas on moderate UV exposure both indoor and outdoor will be presented and discussed in the Sunlight Research Forum by people working in the health disciplines, by academics and by journalists.

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