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Easter in Norway mountains beneficial for darker-skinned persons. People with dark skin should go out and enjoy the sunshine for their health this Easter, a medical expert says. Too much sun is potentially harmful for everyone, and sometimes fatal due to melanoma. At the same time, health-conscious skin specialist Per Helsing at Oslo University Hospital encourages sunshine for non-whites. “We believe that people with darker skin are more prone to lack of vitamin D than people with light skin. In return, they do not worry so much about [using] sun cream,” he says.

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Easter in Norway mountains beneficial for darker-skinned persons

Published on Thursday, 21st March, 2013 at 11:08 under the news category, by Ram Gupta and Michael Sandelson   .

People with dark skin should go out and enjoy the sunshine for their health this Easter, a medical expert says.

Dr Per Arne Helsing
Dr Per Arne Helsing
Photo: Ram Gupta / Oslo University Hospital


Too much sun is potentially harmful for everyone, and sometimes fatal due to melanoma. At the same time, health-conscious skin specialist Per Helsing at Oslo University Hospital encourages sunshine for non-whites.

“We believe that people with darker skin are more prone to lack of vitamin D than people with light skin. In return, they do not worry so much about [using] sun cream,” he says.

“They should ensure they get enough sun. This is because dark skin filters out much of the sun's rays. The sun does not penetrate into the skin it can produce vitamin D.”

Ultra-violet rays from the sun have two effects. UVA, which is probably less carcinogenic according to him, penetrates deeper below the skin and gives people wrinkles.

It is UVB that can be fatal, especially at Easter in the mountains.

“The UVB rays are more or less gone during the winter when the sun is low in the sky. But the sun is higher in the sky around Easter, so then they return,” he explains. “Reflection from the snow in the mountains at this time of year enhances their effect.”

The expert adds that height above sea-level is also a factor because these B rays’ are stronger the higher up one goes.

There are two types of cancer, non-melanoma skin cancer and melanoma.

“The first kind is a form of skin cancer. You don’t die from it and it doesn’t spread. Nevertheless, it can still cause considerable harm. There are different varieties of this form of skin cancer, but common to all of them are signs of change such as redness, sores, or scabs on the skin,” says Dr Helsing.

“We expose ourselves to melanoma mostly in the summer or on trips to southern Europe, when rays are strong and larger areas of skin are exposed. The danger is greatest if we get sunburnt. Signs to look for are if a mole changes size or colour. A simple method to use is the so-called ugly duckling rule. You should investigate further if a mole is different from the others.”

Recommending adequate cream application, Oslo University Hospital’s dermatological expert concludes by saying last year’s will still protect.

At the same time, which sun protection factor (SPF) to use is not entirely set in stone.

“The problem is we don’t put enough on, perhaps half or a quarter as much as the manufacturers use when they determine the SPF in laboratory tests. This [an inadequate amount] gives the cream a correspondingly reduced r effect. A cream with SPF 15 may only be SPF 4 when you have it,” says Dr Per Helsing.



Published on Thursday, 21st March, 2013 at 11:08 under the news category, by Ram Gupta and Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: norwayweather, norwaymountains, skiingnorway.





  
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