It really frustrates me when celebrities utter ignorant things. Perhaps they don’t understand the fact that they are role models whether they mean to be or not. I have never been a fan of Gwyneth Paltrow despite the fact her mother is the amazing Blythe Danner. Her latest display of oratorical fireworks that have me face palming…
“Surprisingly, Paltrow tells the magazine [she] disagrees with doctors who warn patients to avoid tanning. “We’re human beings and the sun is the sun — how can it be bad for you? I think we should all get sun and fresh air,” the actress tells British Cosmopolitan. “I don’t think anything that is natural can be bad for you — it’s really good to have at least 15 minutes of sun a day.”
[Via Us Weekly]
While the sun has qualities that are “good” for you and I will not argue the fresh air factor, I will strongly disagree with her oddly reasoned “the sun is the sun – how can it be bad” comment. UV rays are extremely damaging. Aside from the aging effects, I am more concerned with the skin cancer issue. After delving into studies, talking with multiple doctors and reading countless facts over the course of my career, its almost offensive to those of us who have lost a loved one or are currently fighting alongside someone who is battling something like melanoma. Click HERE to see some of those facts and a breakdown of skin damage tanning causes…
I will give her a break and not make it a huge issue. Perhaps she meant that the sun exposure would be “good” if you were slathered in sunscreen. Getting outdoors is great, I don’t want to promote a fear of the sun and everyone is entitled to their opinions, but this just seemed like a really ignorant comment.
What do you think?
UPDATE: It appears two people are under the impression that skin cancer, such as melanoma, is NOT caused by UV rays. I contacted Dr. Glenn Merlino and Dr. M. Raza Zaidi of NIH’s National Cancer Institute (NCI). They explained how this is belief is dangerously wrong…
“The sun increases melanocytes in the skin. Analysis of these cells showed that they expressed a set of genes known to respond to a protein called interferon-gamma (IFN-g) after being exposed to the UV rays of the sun. IFN-g had previously been thought to contribute to the body’s defenses against cancer. This turned out to be wrong. After looking at a group of human melanoma tumors, they found that 70% of them contained macrophages producing IFN-g.”
The Mayo Clinic adds..
“Exposure to ultra violet (UV) rays from sunlight is a leading cause behind melanoma. When sunlight hits melanocytes, they make more of the pigment melanin, darkening the skin. This can result in a tan, freckles or moles – the vast majority of which are benign. Blistering sunburns in childhood, use of tanning beds and any excessive exposure to UV radiation increases the risk for melanoma.”
I even contacted the Skin Cancer Foundation and asked about the benefits of sun exposure (vitamin D). This is what they had to say…
“Our bodies can produce some vitamin D following exposure to the Sun’s ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation. However, after a limited amount of sun exposure, vitamin D production reaches its maximum. Further UV exposure will actually break down vitamin D to inactive compounds.”
“About 65%–90% of melanomas are caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light which can come from the sun and tanning beds.”
The American Cancer Society Also Confirms…
“UV rays damage the DNA of skin cells. Skin cancers begin when this damage affects the DNA of genes that control skin cell growth. Both UVA and UVB rays damage skin and cause skin cancer. UVB rays are a more potent cause of at least some skin cancers, but based on what is known today, there are no safe UV rays.”
None of these establishments receive ANY compensation or benefits from the sunscreen/suncare industry.
Again, I don’t want to promote a fear of the sun. Just an awareness of the damage that is out there. Go outside. Play. Breathe fresh air. Just protect yourself from those DAMAGING rays!