Sun exposure is linked to a rash of cases of sun poisoning, a new study has found.
The study was conducted by the University of Sydney’s Centre for Epidemiology and Public Health, which also analyzed data from Australia’s Department of Health.
Sun exposure was linked to 17 cases of the disease in the study.
In the majority of cases, the patients were exposed to sun in their home and were found to have sun-related cancers in their lung, kidneys, bladder, liver, pancreas, spleen and skin.
“Our study provides a link between sun exposure and the risk of sun cancer,” lead author Dr. James Smith, a researcher at the Centre for Research in Epidemiology at the University, said in a statement.
“We have found that the rate of sun-induced lung cancer is significantly higher in sun-exposed individuals compared to those who do not have sun exposure.”
The risk of lung cancer increased after sun exposure, the study found.
Sun poisoning was diagnosed in the group who had sun exposure more than 20 times more often than those who did not.
The incidence of the condition was significantly higher among those with more than 30 times the amount of sun exposure compared to the group without.
“People with a history of sun damage were most at risk, but we also found a relationship between sun protection and lung cancer,” Smith said.
“Sun protection was strongly associated with lower risk of melanoma, prostate cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, but not colorectal cancer.”
A link between the risk and sun exposure could have a major impact on future sun protection efforts, Smith said, adding that the findings support a need for additional research.