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People die from the sun

July 27 2006

World Health Organization warns: about 60 thousand people a year die from sunlight. The cause of most deaths - cancer of the skin caused by UV rays.

Dr. Maria Neira, says: "We all need sun, but too much sun can be dangerous, even deadly. Fortunately, diseases such as malignant melanomas, other skin cancers and cataracts can be completely prevented very simple safety measures."

In small quantities, exposure to ultraviolet light is useful because it helps the skin to produce vitamin D, but in large quantities they cause cold sores, sunburn and premature aging of the skin. Limit sun exposure and wear on the shoulders nakidyvanie reduce the likelihood of the disease, says " BBC ".

The intensity of UV radiation depends on time of day and geographic location. The most dangerous thing in the sun when it is at its zenith, with about 10 am to 2 pm. The closer to the equator and higher above sea level you are, the more harmful sun exposure. Grass, soil and water reflect less than 10% of harmful radiation, dry beach sand - 15%, foam of the sea - about 25%, fresh snow - 80%.

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