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Many people struggle to balance the facts that too much sun exposure results in skin cancer and too little causes vitamin D deficiency. August Allen/Flickr

Should you be worried about getting enough vitamin D?

With daylight saving ending yesterday across most of the country and winter approaching, Australians are moving from fears of too much sun exposure resulting in skin cancer to too little sun exposure and…
Susceptibility to non-melanoma skin cancer doesn’t just come from too much time in the sun. Monkey.net/Flickr

Skin carcinomas linked to increased risk of other cancers

Non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSCs) are the most common cancers in Australia and account for seven out of every eight new cancers diagnosed. If detected early, they are relatively easy to treat and rarely…
Skin colour doesn’t just affect your tanning ability. PA

East Asian genes may solve the skin cancer puzzle

Europeans fall prey to skin cancer because of their lighter skin, while Africans' dark skin protects them. But East Asians, whose skin colour resembles that of Europeans, are similar to Africans in their…
Even if sunscreen is applied very thickly, vitamin D production is reduced but not stopped. Shutterstock

Six things you need to know about your vitamin D levels

Vitamin D has emerged as “the vitamin of the decade”, with a long and growing list of maladies supposedly caused through its absence or prevented through its bountiful supply. But is there adequate evidence…
Sunscreen shouldn’t be your only defence against the sun – clothing, hats, sunglasses and shade are equally important. Flickr/stray kat

Sunscreen, skin cancer and the Australian summer

With the long, hot Australian summer comes the imperative to manage the country’s enormous skin cancer risk. Along with the growing raw numbers (11,545 skin cancer cases diagnosed in 2009) and rates of…
During summer, most of us get adequate vitamin D from just a few minutes of daily sun exposure. AveLardo

Monday’s medical myth: we’re not getting enough sun

Myths abound about UV radiation and its effect on our health. We hear that sun-protection has triggered an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency; being tanned protects you from sunburn; a tan looks healthy…
Reduced ozone means increased UV radiation, and that leads to skin cancer. Tracey Lawson

Saving the ozone layer saved human lives

SAVING THE OZONE: Part seven in our series exploring on the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer – dubbed “the world’s most successful environmental agreement” – explains how the…
The best way to guard against skin cancer remains covering up - and using sun screen. Flickr/neloqua

Can Vitamin A reduce the risk of skin cancer in women?

A study that suggests vitamin A could reduce the risk of melanoma should be treated with caution, according to Australian cancer experts who say the results are inconclusive and involve potentially toxic…
It’s clear that some people are just more predisposed to getting melanoma with the same level sun exposure than others. Andrey/Wikimedia Commonns

Understanding the genetic basis of melanoma

An international study published today in Nature Genetics, has discovered two genetic variants that increase the risk of melanoma. Melanoma is not the most common type of skin cancer but it is one of the…
Sunbeds session pose a significant risk of developing melanomas that is completely avoidable. Froztbyte/Wikimedia Commons

Not a sunny outlook: tighter sunbed regulation is long overdue

Before she died in September 2007 of melanoma attributed to solarium tanning sessions, 26-year-old Clare Oliver waged a public campaign from her hospital bed to raise awareness of the risks of using sunbeds…

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Research Briefs (7)

Itches and pain distinguish skin cancers

The prevalence of itches and pain in patients with skin cancer can help clinicians identify which of these cancers are melanoma…

Melanoma treatment may double lifespan

A new treatment may prolong the lifespan of melanoma patients. Vemurafenib, the first acute melanoma drug in more than a…

Smoking associated with skin cancer

Women with non-melanoma skin cancers are more likely to have smoked cigarettes than women without skin cancer. Study results…

Mutant gene boosts melanoma risk

Australian researchers have discovered that about 200,000 Australians carry a mutant gene that increases their melanoma risk…