Vitamin D and melanoma incidence and mortality

Authors

  • Marianne Berwick,

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    • Division of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Preventive Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of New Mexico Cancer Center, Albuquerque, NM, USA
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  • Eszter O. Erdei

    1. Division of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Preventive Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of New Mexico Cancer Center, Albuquerque, NM, USA
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CORRESPONDENCE Marianne Berwick, e-mail: mberwick@salud.unm.edu

Summary

The role of vitamin D (25-OH-D, or 25-hydroxyvitamin D) and its potential confounders in relationship to melanoma risk and mortality is discussed. The paradox that ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure is the major environmental risk factor for melanoma etiology as well as a major source of vitamin D might be explained by viewing vitamin D levels as the result of a healthy lifestyle rather than a cause of health.

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