Surgical Oncology News

This section features a sampling of news related to surgical oncology from the popular press, from press releases received, or SSO news directly pertinent to SSO members.

Could sunlight lower your odds for pancreatic cancer?

Author: Maureen Salamon, Healthday News
Jun 19, 2012

Experts say early study results are no reason to tan, however, given UV rays' link to skin cancer

Adding to already conflicting data about sun exposure, vitamin D levels and cancer risk, new Australian research suggests that experiencing high levels of ultraviolet light and having sun-sensitive skin and a history of skin cancer each measurably lower the risk for developing deadly pancreatic cancer.

But U.S. cancer experts [including SSO-member Michael Choti, MD] cautioned against making any lifestyle changes -- including tanning or altering vitamin D intake -- in response to the study, which is preliminary and does not prove these factors can prevent pancreatic cancer...

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