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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Marathon Men, Take Warning


Although every guy should be concerned about sun care for their skin, new studies suggest that marathon runners are one of the groups at a higher risk of contracting skin cancer and other serious illnesses. From a recent article in the November issue of Archives of Dermatology (JAMA):

During training and competition, marathon runners are exposed to high levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, the most important environmental risk factor for the skin cancer melanoma. Endurance exercise also may suppress the immune system and increase the risk for malignant melanoma.

Add to that the fact that most men wear short or no sleeves shirts and shorts while running...clothing that leaves a lot of skin exposed to the sun's rays. While research is still being conducted on this hot topic, the article authors recommend, "(Marathon runners) should be advised to reduce UV exposure during exercising by choosing training and competition schedules with low sun exposure, wearing adequate clothing and regularly using water-resistant sunscreens." (We recommend MenScience TiO2 Sunblock SPF 30).

DG

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