Is there a link between sunglasses and skin cancer?


Zaia is a musician, homesteader, permaculturist, holistic health and wellness coach and sustainability advocate. She and husband Tom run permaculture designed farm "Kendall Permaculture Farm" on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia and the not for profit organisation PermEco Inc. and teach permaculture and self reliance. Zaia loves cooking and always comes up with new and different recipes to prepare the food she grows. She is a percussionist and is involved in various musical projects, including community music projects. She writes about life on the farm and tries to post regular photos and articles.

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6 Responses

  1. Patrina says:

    Makes sense to me. It may apply to people who wear glasses for correcting vision to some extent, depending on which spectrum passes through the lenses I guess. Maybe it’s worth spending some time outside every day without them if possible.

  2. Sue Rine says:

    Sounds plausible. It also occurs to me that when the sun is extreme, a person wearing sunglasses would likely stay out in the sun longer than one who was not. The person with no sunglasses is more likely to head inside, thereby protecting their skin from overexposure to the sun.

  3. HeartHealthyChris says:

    I have stopped wearing sunglasses about eight years ago. I only use them in the car. My wife never owned any (she does not drive) and I always wondered how she managed, but when I learned about the melamin eye relation 8 years ago, I stopped wearing glasses. The first weeks I had to adjust, but then it became easy.
    And Sue Rine is correct, when the sun hurts your eyes, you know you better get out of it and find some shade.
    Spring is a great time to get started!

    • Patrina says:

      And there appears to be ongoing effects since melanin affect the synthesis of vitamin D which is essential to many processes affecting the immune system and for cancer protection. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19182816

      I also use way less sunblock these days – in fact I only use it sparingly if I will be out in the sun during its intense period and can’t avoid being exposed at that time, and I apply it on damp skin so that it goes on easily.

  4. Zaia says:

    Yes, sunblock or sunscreen is another one which has health implications. You can train your skin by slowly introducing it to sun, a little more each day. Great to get more vitamin D! You will need to moisturise though, I find coconut oil wonderful for the skin, before or after sun exposure! In the 70s before the sunscreen craze we all used to put coconut oil based products on our skin to tan… Of course, try to avoid sunburn as much as possible, hence the time buildup for sun exposure.

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