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Sunlight, Vitamin D and Skin Cancer

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Part of the book series: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology (AEMB, volume 624)

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UV exposuie represents the most important risk factor for the development of nonmelanoma skin cancer. Additionally, assessment of sun exposure parameters has consistently shown an association between the development of malignant melanoma and short term, intense UV exposure, particularly burning in childhood. As a consequence, protection of the skin from UV exposure is an integral part of skin cancer prevention programs. However, more chronic, less intense UV exposure has not been found to be a risk factor for melanoma and in fact has been found in some studies to be protective. Moreover, 90% of all requisite vitamin D is formed within the skin through the action of the sun—a serious problem—for a connection between vitamin D deficiency and various types of cancer (e. g. , colon, prostate and breast cancers) has been demonstrated in a large number of studies. Hence, the - sociation between vitamin D deficiency and various internal malignancies has now opened a debate among dermatologists and other clinicians how to balance between positive and negative effects of solar and artificial UV exposure. The goal of this volume is to provide a comprehensive, highly readable overview of our present knowledge of positive and negative effects of UV exposure, with a focus on vitamin D and skin cancer.

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Editors and Affiliations

  • Clinic for Dermatology, Venerology and Allergology, The Saarland University Hospital, Homburg/Saar, Germany

    Jörg Reichrath

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Sunlight, Vitamin D and Skin Cancer

  • Editors: Jörg Reichrath

  • Series Title: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology

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  • Publisher: Springer New York, NY

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2008

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-387-77573-9Published: 01 February 2008

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4419-2657-9Published: 24 November 2010

  • eBook ISBN: 978-0-387-77574-6Published: 08 January 2009

  • Series ISSN: 0065-2598

  • Series E-ISSN: 2214-8019

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXI, 323

  • Number of Illustrations: 79 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Cancer Research

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