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Where do you draw the line between a healthy dose of natural vitamin d and skin cancer risk?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
Surgery - Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Don't burn

There's no perfect answer. It depends on your risk factors for developing skin cancer.
There are also many sources of vitamin d other than the sun including some vegetables as well as vitamin supplements. The main thing is, don't intentionally go out to get a suntan, and don't burn. You will produce vitamin d even if you wear some sunscreen.

In brief: Don't burn

There's no perfect answer. It depends on your risk factors for developing skin cancer.
There are also many sources of vitamin d other than the sun including some vegetables as well as vitamin supplements. The main thing is, don't intentionally go out to get a suntan, and don't burn. You will produce vitamin d even if you wear some sunscreen.
Dr. Carlo Contreras
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Don't worry

If you spend time outside, and don't live in alaska, canada, etc, chances are good you will get enough vitamin d.
You can still make vit d when wearing sunscreen. Go outside, have fun, use skin protection, and vitamin d will not likely be a problem. If you have problems or concerns, you can get a level checked.

In brief: Don't worry

If you spend time outside, and don't live in alaska, canada, etc, chances are good you will get enough vitamin d.
You can still make vit d when wearing sunscreen. Go outside, have fun, use skin protection, and vitamin d will not likely be a problem. If you have problems or concerns, you can get a level checked.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Michael Armstrong
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: In the shade

Unfortunately, there is no guaranteed safe dose for sun exposure.
Fair skinned people are especially prone to skin cancer. Vitamin d is safer taken by mouth. Wear sunscreen and a hat when outdoors.

In brief: In the shade

Unfortunately, there is no guaranteed safe dose for sun exposure.
Fair skinned people are especially prone to skin cancer. Vitamin d is safer taken by mouth. Wear sunscreen and a hat when outdoors.
Dr. Michael Armstrong
Dr. Michael Armstrong
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