Scientists Blow the Lid on Cancer and Sunscreen Myth

For many years we were told that excessive sun exposure elevates the risk of cancer, however according to new scientific researching this may turn out not to be true.

Namely, researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, in June 2014, released an article featured in The Independent (UK),about the findings of their major study where it was revealed that women who avoid sunbathing while summertime are in fact twice as likely to die contrary to those ones who sunbathe every day.

This study involved 30,000 women over the course of 20 years, where it was shown: “… that mortality was about double in women who avoided sun exposure compared to the highest exposure group.”

It was concluded that the traditional advice to avoid exposure to sun at all costs or even when exposed to sun a must is an immediate application of sunscreen as prevention, in fact may be doing more harm than good. This is due the fact that complete sun avoidance combined with wearing sunscreen will effectively impede body’s ability to produce vitamin D3 from the sun’s UVB rays, which is the best natural source of vitamin D.

In the U.S., the lack of vitamin D has reached epidemic levels, and shortage of vitamin D can lead to aggressive forms of skin cancer. According to 2011 study released in Cancer Prevention Research the optimal blood levels of vitamin D provide protection against skin cancer and sunburn. In addition to this, vitamin D prevents diseases such as type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and rickets in the young population, tuberculosis, systemic lupus, erythematosus and Sjogren ’s syndrome.

Furthermore it was recently concluded by the researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham that “lack of sun exposure may lead to cognitive decline over time.”

According to Bernard Ackerman, quoting: “the link between melanoma and sun exposure (dermatology’s dogma) is unproven. There’s no conclusive evidence that sunburns lead to cancer.        There is no real proof that sunscreens protect against melanoma. There’s no proof that increased exposure to the sun increases the risk of melanoma”. These statements were released in an article in The New York Times (July 20, 2004), titled “I BEG TO DIFFER; A Dermatologist Who’s Not Afraid to Sit on the Beach”.

This was confirmed by a 2000 Swedish study stating that higher rates of melanoma appeared in those who used sunscreen contrary to the ones who did not.

Elizabeth Plourde, PhD scientists, author of the book “Sunscreens – Biohazard: Treat as Hazardous Waste”, documents the severe life-threatening dangers of sunscreens to people, but also to the environment.

Dr. Plourde also gives proof that the cases of malignant melanoma and all the other skin cancers substantially increased when the omnipresent sunscreen use started 30years ago. She clarifies the fact that many sunscreens have in their content well-known carcinogen chemicals and as well as endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDC).

Regarding the influence of sunscreen use towards the environment she maintains:
“In areas where there has been much exposure to ED [endocrine disrupting] chemicals, coral and other sea populations have died off and the prevalence of dual-sexed fish has risen.”

Furthermore, the book shows proof how the use of sunscreen chemicals has polluted the oceans, rivers and municipal drinking water. Moreover, scrutinized testing revealed that 97 percent of Americans have sunscreen chemicals in their blood.

The book of Dr. Plourde includes a chapter on how vitamin D3 is important to the human health, likewise she states that the widely spread vitamin D3 deficiency is related to the overuse of sunscreen along with the great sun avoidance in general.