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Prog Biophys Mol Biol. 2006 Sep;92(1):173-8. Epub 2006 Mar 10.

Risks and benefits of sun exposure: implications for public health practice based on the Australian experience.

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The Cancer Council Victoria, 1 Rathdowne St, Carlton 3053, Victoria Australia.


Over recent years, evidence has been accumulating that vitamin D has a positive impact on our overall health. This may have an impact on the future of our public health advice related to skin cancer prevention. This paper explores, from a public health perspective based on Australian experience, how skin cancer prevention messages should be managed in light of new information about vitamin D and, in particular, the times when sun protection advice should be provided and how the vitamin D message can be complementary to the sun protection message.

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