Sun exposure and vitamin D sufficiency.

  title={Sun exposure and vitamin D sufficiency.},
  author={Barbara A. Gilchrest},
  journal={The American journal of clinical nutrition},
  volume={88 2},
Ultraviolet radiation is a carcinogen that also compromises skin appearance and function. Because the ultraviolet action spectra for DNA damage, skin cancer, and vitamin D(3) photosynthesis are identical and vitamin D is readily available from oral supplements, why has sun protection become controversial? First, the media and, apparently, some researchers are hungry for a new message. Second, the controversy is fueled by a powerful special interest group: the tanning industry. This industry… CONTINUE READING