Sun exposure guidance should be tailored to individuals, says NICE

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 09 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i789
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Doctors and nurses should offer one to one advice on sunlight exposure tailored to people’s individual level of risk, new guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended.1

The guidance said it was important that the risk of skin cancer from too much time in the sun should be balanced with the risk of low vitamin D levels in people who are indoors for long periods or who cover up for cultural reasons. It said that health practitioners should make people aware that, although sunlight exposure is a normal part of everyday life and some sunlight is good for health, risks arise from excessive exposure. …

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