According to a release from the World Health Organization (WHO), the sun kills 60,000 people annually: 48,000 from malignant melanomas and 12,000 from other kinds of skin cancer. The sun’s ultraviolet radiation also causes sunburns, skin aging, eye cataracts, pterygium, cold sores, and more – although it also stimulates the production of Vitamin D, which prevents rickets, osteomalacia and osteoporosis and may also help some cancers and immune disorders.
To prevent UVR overexposure, the WHO recommends staying in the shade when UVR is the strongest (between 10 AM and 2 PM), wearing protective clothing, applying sunscreen with an SPF of 15+, and avoiding sunlamps and tanning salons.
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