SUN EXPOSURE: MORE PLUSES THAN MINUSES
Dear Mister SASB, I’m white as a ghost. I use sunblock like crazy. And I cover up on sunny days. I’m getting a lot of static from my partner who says I am crazy. But that’s her problem, right? Could you just do me a little favor here and explain to her how nasty skin cancer can be?
Dear Ghost, I’d like to oblige. I have a soft spot in my heart for crazies. But you know? You might be a lot better off with a tan line. Dr. Håkan Olsson (division of oncology at Lund University) studied 40,000 women.
Not even close.
The sun’s bad for the skin. Okay, we know that. But there’s more to it than that. The sun also makes your body produce vitamin D. And vitamin D does a lot of good things. Among them: it reduces blood clotting in the legs and protects against some tumors. Other studies have shown that it reduces blood pressure. Add it all up, and a reasonable amount of sun does more good than bad.
Go to the beach.
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The image? That’s my own.