© 2008

Sunlight, Vitamin D and Skin Cancer

  • Jörg Reichrath

Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 624)

Table of contents

  1. Mar Pons, Pablo Mancheño-Corvo, Pilar Martín-Duque, Miguel Quintanilla
    Pages 252-264
  2. Cara L. Benjamin, Vladislava O. Melnikova, Honnavara N. Ananthaswamy
    Pages 265-282
  3. Peter Erb, Jingmin Ji, Erwin Kump, Ainhoa Mielgo, Marion Wernli
    Pages 283-295
  4. Knuth Rass, Wolfgang Tilgen
    Pages 296-318
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 319-323

About this book


UV exposuie represents the most important risk factor for the development of nonmelanoma skin cancer. Additionally, assessment of sun exposure parameters has consistently shown an association between the development of malignant melanoma and short term, intense UV exposure, particularly burning in childhood. As a consequence, protection of the skin from UV exposure is an integral part of skin cancer prevention programs. However, more chronic, less intense UV exposure has not been found to be a risk factor for melanoma and in fact has been found in some studies to be protective. Moreover, 90% of all requisite vitamin D is formed within the skin through the action of the sun—a serious problem—for a connection between vitamin D deficiency and various types of cancer (e. g. , colon, prostate and breast cancers) has been demonstrated in a large number of studies. Hence, the - sociation between vitamin D deficiency and various internal malignancies has now opened a debate among dermatologists and other clinicians how to balance between positive and negative effects of solar and artificial UV exposure. The goal of this volume is to provide a comprehensive, highly readable overview of our present knowledge of positive and negative effects of UV exposure, with a focus on vitamin D and skin cancer.


apoptosis cancer carcinoma cell cytogenetics endocrinology epidemiology genetics histology melanoma molecular biology mortality pathology prevention skin cancer

Editors and affiliations

  • Jörg Reichrath
    • 1
  1. 1.Clinic for Dermatology, Venerology and AllergologyThe Saarland University HospitalHomburg/SaarGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Sunlight, Vitamin D and Skin Cancer
  • Editors Jörg Reichrath
  • Series Title Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer New York 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-77573-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4419-2657-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-387-77574-6
  • Series ISSN 0065-2598
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 323
  • Number of Illustrations 79 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cancer Research
Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals
Oncology & Hematology
Consumer Packaged Goods


From the reviews:

"Small print, information dense and richly referenced volume … of the current knowledge on this controversial topic. The text covers history, epidemiology, biochemistry, histology, immunology, and molecular biology. … Lactation consultants depend on advice from public health officials to counsel their clients as well as to care for their own families. They can confidently use the content of this book to pressure officials to formulate recommendations that are more in line with the needs of the general population, including breastfeeding babies." (Nicole J Bernshaw, International Lactation Consultant Association Print and Multimedia Reviews, August, 2008)