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  • Writer's pictureSunshine Health Foundation

Insufficient Sun Exposure Called Public Health Problem By World-Renowned Scientists

Updated: May 2, 2022

Public health advice from the CDC and other health authorities to avoid sun exposure may be contributing to 300,000 premature deaths annually in the United States.

Scientists from the institutions listed below call for U.S. public health officials to cease advising the American public to avoid sun exposure and instead to encourage moderate non-burning sun exposure.

  • Leyden University in The Netherlands

  • University of Sydney in Australia

  • Medical University of South Carolina

  • University of Cambridge in England

  • Karolinska Institute in Sweden

  • University of Edinburgh in Scotland

  • University of Southampton in England

  • UC San Diego

  • University of Copenhagen in Denmark

  • University of Exeter in England

  • University of Kentucky

  • Harvard University

  • Queensland Brain Institute in Australia

  • Parker Institute in Denmark

  • Australian National University

  • University of Western Australia

  • QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Australia

  • University of Manchester in England

  • Kings College in England

  • Boston University

  • University of New Mexico

For the past 50 years, in the name of skin cancer prevention, the CDC has advised the American public to avoid sun exposure and to apply sunscreen daily even on cloudy days.

During that time, the incidence of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, has increased by 300%, indicating that the CDC’s understanding of the relationship between skin cancer and sun exposure is incorrect.

Scientific discoveries in the 21st Century have shown that insufficient sun exposure has become the nation’s second largest public health problem after cigarette smoking.

The science of the relationship between sun exposure and human health is complex, but it is important for the public to know about it.

What you don’t know about sun exposure could ruin your life and even cause you to die prematurely.

Most of this science has been developed in the 21st Century and efforts to get the CDC to pay attention to it have fallen on deaf ears.


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