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Skin Cancer Danger

Answered on October 28, 2015
Created November 11, 2010 at 11:50 PM

I live in the place with the world's highest skin cancer rates. That is, Queensland, Australia. Next highest would be Arizona, for comparison. So how do I get enough sunlight for vitamin D, without risking skin cancer?

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on November 15, 2010
at 01:32 AM

Well, the HunterGatherer natives probably also don't have a family history of skin cancer. And I don't know any present-day, white, fair-skinned natives either.

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on November 13, 2010
at 07:29 PM

Totally agreed that a good diet makes one less likely to burn (based on my own personal experience).

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on November 12, 2010
at 07:01 PM

The best way to prevent skin cancer is to have healthier skin by having a healthier body and lifestyle and eating less garbage. Sun is natural and we are designed to get sun. Huntergather natives don't get melanoma even though they are out in the sun all the time. And people who do get melanoma often get it in not sun exposed areas. Why is that do you think!?! It's cuz prob is systemic. Just don't let yourself get burned. Burning is nature's way to tell you to stop. If you aren't getting sun, you better at least be taking plenty of vit D supplement.

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on November 12, 2010
at 06:55 PM

I suspect coconut oil might keep skin moist and healthy but can't imagine it does much to prevent burn otherwise. However, eating healthy does seem to lessen burn tendency. I think this has been discussed on paleo lists many times. Healthy skin=less likely to burn skin.

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on November 12, 2010
at 05:58 PM

What does coconut oil do?

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on November 12, 2010
at 03:26 PM

I know the feeling~! you took the words right out of my mouth.

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on November 12, 2010
at 03:36 AM

The trick is to get sun enough to tan but never to burn. YOu can get a tad pink but should not be red the next day nor should you peel. Newer research shows that two things are positively correlated with malignant melanoma (that's the nasty kind of cancer) and that is amount of burn you get and the amount of sunscreen you wear. The amount of sun you get is positively correlated with the less bad skin cancers like basal cell carcinoma, but not the nasty malignant kind. So basically, it looks like getting your vitamin D via sun with no sunscreen and no burning may moderately increase chances of less nasty cancer but probably protects against malignant melanoma. Plus by keeping your vitamin D up, you will be protected against many other illnesses. If you also keep your PUFA and sugar intake down and keep stress down, your overall chance of cancers should go down quite a bit as well. Everything you do is a part of the stew that is you.

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on November 12, 2010
at 03:14 PM

Get enough sun so that you start to tan, and get some shade when you think you'd be burning. Lighter skinned people make vitamin D faster, so if you burn quick you don't need as much sun.

I've also noticed that I don't burn as much since eating paleo. I imaging it's the extra omega 3 and other nutrients that might be helping my skin. As stated above, I also rub coconut oil on my skin, it is great!

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on November 12, 2010
at 01:20 PM

First, go here and work out how long you actually need to stay in the sun. That way you won't need to expose yourself longer than necessary and you might find out that you can get enough exposure during the gentler parts of the day (unlike here in the UK, where most of the time you can't get any useful amounts of vitamin D other than at midday).

Also getting plenty of vitamin A is protective of the skin, so get plenty of liver. Lycopene, beta-carotene, vitamin E and other plant nutrients are supposed to be protective as well.

The right fat balance is central as well, namely: lower PUFA and maximise omega-3 to omega-6 to reduce inflammation and the oxidisation of the PUFA and replace them with saturated fat which is less reactive and which preferentially accumulates near the skin, providing some measure of protection.

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on November 12, 2010
at 12:12 PM

Worried about the same thing but since going low carb I notice that I can last almost 1 hr in the sun without burning - before it was more like 6 min - I am amazed and I have to say the sun makes me feel awesome!

I have started using coconut oil for a bit of protection in the midday sun with great success - remember we use to lather ourselves in that when we were young ???- then it was frowned upon - wow how things turn.

I also have to ask myself why is it that melanoma rate is going up now that we all slip slop and slap - where 1000 years ago we never even had a hat??? It use to worry me to see kids on the beach without a sun shirt on - I use to think it was neglect - now I let my kids do it for a while each day if they are not going to be out all day. I cant believe how much a 360 I have come !

587538a2db229b2ec884ea04cc3dc75e

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on November 13, 2010
at 07:29 PM

Totally agreed that a good diet makes one less likely to burn (based on my own personal experience).

587538a2db229b2ec884ea04cc3dc75e

(462)

on November 12, 2010
at 05:58 PM

What does coconut oil do?

04293f705870e1837b8670d3c1cd5f67

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on November 12, 2010
at 03:26 PM

I know the feeling~! you took the words right out of my mouth.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on November 12, 2010
at 06:55 PM

I suspect coconut oil might keep skin moist and healthy but can't imagine it does much to prevent burn otherwise. However, eating healthy does seem to lessen burn tendency. I think this has been discussed on paleo lists many times. Healthy skin=less likely to burn skin.

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on November 12, 2010
at 01:08 AM

Short intervals. As you get a tan your skin will become more tolerant. By "short" I mean less than the time it takes you to start burning.

Forget sunscreen. It completely defeats your purpose (Vitamin D) and will if anything increase your risk of skin cancer because most sunscreens block UVB (which produces Vitamin D and causes skin to burn with too much exposure) but allow UVA. So since you're not burning, you stay out in the sun longer and blast yourself with too much UVA.

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on November 12, 2010
at 01:24 PM

vit d supplements, obviously

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on November 12, 2010
at 12:54 PM

My ability to tan and not burn has improved dramatically this year. I attribute it to supplementing with vitamin D, getting off statins, reducing n6 PUFA, adding fish oil and generally doing things that reduce inflammation (no grains, low carb, improving gut health).

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on November 12, 2010
at 12:45 AM

Try to only go out for 30 minutes at a time. And wear sunscreen. I've had 2 cases of skin cancer so far (malanoma) and they say that I should not go outside with a shirt off at all. I do occasionally, though, I just wear lots of sunscreen. Haha

Ddb0e3a41f15d69d30677339ccf9c7b6

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on November 15, 2010
at 01:32 AM

Well, the HunterGatherer natives probably also don't have a family history of skin cancer. And I don't know any present-day, white, fair-skinned natives either.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on November 12, 2010
at 07:01 PM

The best way to prevent skin cancer is to have healthier skin by having a healthier body and lifestyle and eating less garbage. Sun is natural and we are designed to get sun. Huntergather natives don't get melanoma even though they are out in the sun all the time. And people who do get melanoma often get it in not sun exposed areas. Why is that do you think!?! It's cuz prob is systemic. Just don't let yourself get burned. Burning is nature's way to tell you to stop. If you aren't getting sun, you better at least be taking plenty of vit D supplement.

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