Sunlight Linked To Lymphoma Reduction

While increased exposure to the sun has increased the numbers of people with skin cancer, a Swedish study shows that sunlight reduces the risk of catching certain forms of cancer.

The scientific study, published in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute shows that frequent exposure to ultraviolet rays seems to reduce the chance of developing lymphoma by 30 to 40 percent.

Vitamin D, which the body produces when exposed to sunlight, could possibly explain the reduced risk, but researchers said they

would have to conduct further studies to confirm that.

The study was based on telephone interviews with more than 3,000 patients who were newly diagnosed as having malignant lymphoma, either non-Hodgkin’s or Hodgkin’s, between 1999 and 2002 in Sweden and Denmark, and just over 3,000 randomly chosen healthy members of the public.