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Skin and sun

Sunlight plays a vital role in our health. Image: Efrén on Flickr Sunlight plays a vital role in our health. By exposing skin to sunlight our bodies are able to create vitamin D: vital for healthy bones. Yet, exposure to excessive sunlight can cause long term health issues, particularly increasing the risk of skin cancer.

It is during childhood and teenage years that healthy sun habits can be formed. By reducing exposure and preventing sunburn in our early years, it has also been suggested that the long term risk of skin cancer can be significantly reduced.

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