Answers to Common Skin Cancer Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about skin cancer.

Does sunscreen use lead to Vitamin D deficiency?

This has been a hot topic in dermatology. Clinical studies have not found that sunscreen use leads to a vitamin D deficiency. The benefits of using sunscreen far outweigh any concerns about vitamin D, given the strong link between UV radiation and skin cancer.

Even if you apply sunscreen perfectly, there will still be a small amount of UV radiation that reaches your skin. That allows Vitamin D production because it doesn’t take much sun exposure for the body to produce Vitamin D. You can also easily get enough Vitamin D through your diet without the risk of tanning. 

Learn more about Vitamin D.

Source: J. Scott Wilcher, MD, North Dayton Surgeons; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Brent Kirkland, MD, Dermatologists of Southwest Ohio; American Cancer Society; National Cancer Institute

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