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Healthy Living

Loving the sunny days? Of course – along with your faithfully applied sunblock. Here’s how to know the skin you’re in.

Anna Rich

DID YOU KNOW?

• WEARING SUNSCREEN DOESN’T CAUSE VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY. Vitamin D deficiency has been described as an epidemic. So the choice is: skin cancer as a result of sun exposure, or low vitamin D levels and all the attendant negative health issues after steering clear of the sun. The US Skin Cancer Foundation says you can have it both ways – no skin damage and no nutritional deficiency: ‘Prevailing studies show that people who use sunscreen daily can maintain their vitamin D level’. Harvard Health adds: ‘An Australian study showed no difference in vitamin D between adults randomly assigned to use sunscreen one summer and those assigned a placebo cream.’ On the other hand, the WHO says UV light from the sun is a proven carcinogen, linked to about 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers, about 86% of melanomas, and premature ageing of the skin.

• NEW MOLES ARE THE DODGIEST ONES. Look over your skin when you’re in the shower. If there’s a change in a mole, see a dermatologist to catch potential skin cancer early on. But if there’s a new mole, fast-track your appointment: according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 29% of melanomas came from a mole that changed, whereas 71% were from new moles.

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