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Vitamin D from sun exposure may protect against solid cancers, researchers find

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39251.425995.4E (Published 21 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1295
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Sun exposure may protect against a number of cancers, according to research based on a study of more than four million people in 11 countries.

    Vitamin D produced in the skin as a result of exposure seems to reduce the risk of several solid cancers, especially stomach, colorectal, liver and gallbladder, pancreas, lung, female breast, prostate, bladder, and kidney cancers, say the authors (European Journal of Cancer 2007 May 30 doi: 10.1016/j.ejca.2007.04.018).

    The researchers, who used registered cases of skin cancer as markers of sun exposure, found that the greatest protective effect was after non-melanoma skin cancer, which …

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