‘Safe sun’ exposure armistice reached

Peace has broken out between dermatologists and bone specialists regarding what constitutes healthy sun exposure.

After years of disagreement about how to balance the risks of melanoma and osteoporosis, professional groups have reached an agreement about the appropriate level of UV exposure.

A compromise must be struck between meeting vitamin D needs and minimising the risk of skin cancer, according to a joint position statement drafted by the Australasian College of Dermatologists, the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society, Osteoporosis Australia and Cancer Council Australia.