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Sun and cancer

The influence of the sun on people with cancer can vary depending on the type of cancer, the treatment they are receiving and the stage of the disease. Here are some important points to consider:

1. sun protection: People with cancer, especially those who are receiving treatments such as radiation therapy or chemotherapy, may have skin that is more sensitive and prone to sunburn. It is important that they protect themselves from the sun by wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen, protective clothing and wide-brimmed hats.

Vitamin D: Although sun exposure is an important source of vitamin D, some people with cancer may be deficient in vitamin D due to limited sun exposure or poor absorption due to treatment. It is important to talk to the radiation oncologist about specific vitamin D needs and whether supplements are needed.

3. Risk of melanoma: Some skin cancers, such as melanoma, are directly related to sun exposure. People who have had skin cancer have an increased risk of developing another skin cancer in the future, so they should take special care with sun exposure and perform regular skin self-examinations.

4. Emotional impact: Sun exposure and outdoor activity can have emotional benefits and improve the quality of life for people with cancer, as they can provide stress relief and improve mood. However, it is important to balance this with the need to protect the skin and prevent sun damage.

In summary, the influence of the sun on people with cancer is complex and can vary depending on a number of factors. It is important for each person with cancer to work closely with their radiation oncologist to develop appropriate sun protection strategies that minimize the risk of skin damage while ensuring they get the necessary benefits from sun exposure.


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