Ultraviolet radiation and health: friend and foe

  title={Ultraviolet radiation and health: friend and foe},
  author={Robyn M. Lucas and Anne-Louise Ponsonby},
  journal={Medical Journal of Australia},
While excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) is a significant cause of disease burden in Australia and the Western Pacific region, there are well documented beneficial as well as adverse effects of UVR exposure. Ambient UVR levels do not translate directly to personal UVR dose and thus to biological effect — each person's sun‐exposure behaviour and pigmentation also play a role. Exposure in childhood may be more important than exposure in adulthood for both beneficial and adverse… 

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