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Tanning
« on: October 12, 2006, 03:36:36 PM »
As summer ends and the cold weather approaches some of us with shorter days it's a good time to have an educated discussion about the pros and cons of tanning

This article is a good discussion starter:  http://www.second-opinions.co.uk/sunlight.html

From the conclusion:

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   Conclusion

Johnathan Rees, Professor of dermatology, University Department of Dermatology, Newcastle upon Tyne, appraises the current melanoma "epidemic", saying: "Once you excise a pigmented lesion and know its histology you forfeit the chance of knowing what would have happened if you had left it in situ". "Cohort analyses show, perhaps surprisingly, that mortality from melanoma rose from the 1890s to the 1950s and then started to decline. Changes in leisure activity don't explain the 3-7% pa increase in melanoma incidence from mid-1950s to early 1980s.

". . . individuals with higher continuous sun exposure have lower rates than those exposed intermittently."

"There is after all no robust empirical evidence to defend most health promotion in this area. It has been suggested that the antithesis of science is not art but politics; melanoma is perhaps an example of the two having become mistakenly intertwined. An amicable separation is required. The certainties of health of the Nation and "slip-slap-slop" already look a little shaded: molecules care little for consensus." (40)

Some years ago, the vicar of a parish in Devon, who was not in favour of a nearby nudist beach, wrote in his parish magazine: “If God had meant us to walk around without clothes, we’d have been born naked”! Well, of course, He did and we are – perhaps it was for a very good reason.