Vitamin D is a hormone controlling calcium absorption and bone growth to regulating our immune system and reducing the risk of cancers and heart disease. It plays a big role in supporting immune health and the best source can be via sunlight on our skin. This can be a little trickier during the Winter months when we are often rugged up or inside. Make the most of the brighter, warmer days of Spring with longer daylight hours and the temperature gradually rising. A little bit of sunshine can be beneficial, since the sun provides Vitamin D for strong bones. With it comes one threat that we need to keep in mind, rising UV levels put people at risk of being caught unprotected in the sun. Unfortunately chemo and the sun don’t get along.
Cancer patients having chemotherapy express a side effect of feeling sun sensitivity. This “photosensitivity” occurs because agents in chemotherapy are radiosensitizers that help to impact treatment, but also increase the body’s sensitivity to the sun’s UV rays. Too much exposure during chemotherapy can be dangerous and increase your risk of sunburn.
Several kinds of medications for cancer and non-cancer alike can also increase sun sensitivity. It is very important to be aware of your situation and discuss this with your medical team before heading outside for time in the warmer weather..
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