Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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How Much Sun Exposure Should I Get?

By    |   Wednesday, 08 April 2015 11:58 AM

Question: My wife has had two melanomas removed and avoids the sun at all costs. But doesn’t she need to get at least a little sunlight for her health (i.e. vitamin D)?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:

Sunlight exposure is a vital component of normal body function. As you mention, it actually allows our body to synthesize vitamin D, which is essential for healthy immune and body function.

Complete shielding from all sunlight is counterproductive. Appropriate use of sunscreens, hat, and clothing should be sufficient. Remember that melanoma and risk is tied in to genetics as well as UV exposure.

Your immune system may be one of the greatest additional modulators in who gets melanoma and who does not. We all have our comfort levels with what we do to prevent disease, and since complete elimination of sunlight exposure would not eliminate all your wife’s risk factors, there is no good reason to eliminate sunlight exposure completely.

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