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How Much Sun Do You Need For Vitamin D Production?  60,000 Die Each Year From Sun Exposure - Melanoma and Cataract Is Health Burden

July 28th 2006

How Much Sun Do You Need For Vitamin D Production?  60,000 Die Each Year From Sun Exposure - Melanoma and Cataract Is Health Burden


The World Health Organization (WHO) says that exposure to the sun is killing 60,000 people per year.  Although the report mentions a beneficial effect of Ultra Violet Radiation (UVR), primarily the production of Vitamin D in the body, there are hazards from too much sun. 

Living closer to the equator and living at high altitudes can make you more prone to UVR exposure.  Water and snow can also reflect the radiation, according to the report. 

The WHO recommends limiting exposure to the sun by staying in shaded areas, wearing hats and sunscreen.  The largest “disease burden” for North America, Europe, New Zealand and Australia is Melanoma.  The largest burden for Africa and most of Central America is cataract. 


The WHO says that not all melanoma is attributed to sun damage, however a sometimes pre-malignant condition called solar keratoses, or small spot on the skin damaged by the sun, is 100 percent attributable to the sun.

So how much sun exposure do you need for producing vitamin D?  Well it depends on who you talk to.  The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota says just a small amount of sun exposure is necessary for production of vitamin D.  The Mayo says “Ten to 15 minutes of sun exposure twice a week to the face, arms, hands or back without sunscreen is usually enough.”   They add that the sun is not the only source of vitamin D.  Eating foods such as fortified milk and cereals, salmon, herring, eggs and mushrooms, can also aid in the production.     

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