Very interesting article on this in one of the Danish newspapers today:
http://jyllands-posten.dk/indland/ECE61 ... -laengere/
Edit: Just rewrote a little of the translation
Sunbathers live longer
Persons who have been diagnosed with regular skin cancer live longer than the general population, new research shows.
A team of Danish researchers are coming up with a surprising study showing that eager sun worshipers - people who have been diagnosed with regular skin cancer - on average live six years longer than the general population.
They have, moreover, have a lower incidence of both heart attack and osteoporosis than the rest of the population, writes Politiken Wednesday.
The researchers can not point to a direct causal link between sun exposure and the finds.
In the other extreme
- One should certainly have respect for the sun - and avoid sunburn, especially in children and adolescents, and in this way especially to reduce the incidence of the bad form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma, says Professor Børge Nordestgaard, Herlev Hospital, Politiken.
He is one of the researchers behind the study, published in the journal International Journal of Epidemiologist.
- We have in recent years seen a degree of 'fear of the sun' and it seems to me to go to the other extreme, says Børge Nordestgaard.
Inge Haunstrup Clemmensen, who is a senior consultant in the Danish Cancer Society, it seems that the study is interesting:
- It raises the suspicion that there may be a connection between the sun and the positive health findings that demonstrated in the group of people who have had common skin cancer.
Perhaps more exercise
- But it's just important to keep in mind that it does not show an actual causal relationship, she says to Politiken.
In the study of health-related data from 4.4 million Danes aged 40-100 years analyzed. The analysis covers the period 1980-2006. 130,000 citizens who had common skin cancer, were compared with the rest of the population.
At Cancer Society believes Inge Haunstrup Clemmensen that one possible explanation could be that people who can afford and time to be much in the sun, often fans of outdoor sports or exercise - and that they thus improves health.
/ REUTERS /