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
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
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.