Raising Vitamin D vs. Reducing Skin Cancer: Are They Mutually Exclusive Goals?
By Michael Traub, ND & Monica Scheel, MD - Vol. 10, No. 1. Spring, 2009
As we've learned more about the importance of vitamin D in preventing heart disease, colon cancer, diabetes and depression, some people have begun to challenge skin cancer reduction efforts focused on sun avoidance. But careful review of the science shows that oral vitamin D supplements can more than compensate for any vitamin D lost through sun-avoidance. For light skinned people, sun protection makes most sense---just make sure to use eco-friendly products.