An EU-funded study led by King’s College London suggests parents and carers might need to be even more rigorous than hitherto advised in protecting children against the harmful effects of the sun. The study shows that children may experience more harmful DNA damage than adults from small amounts of sun exposure.
Overall the project – which also includes other studies – received €3.5m (£3.1m) of EU funding, of which €665,751.8 (£583,231.9) went to King’s College London.
The scientists measured exposure to UV rays via an electronic device on the wrist that absorbed the rays. They measured levels of vitamin D alongside a urine biomarker of DNA damage that can lead to skin cancer, known as CPD, which is produced as a result of the skin repairing this damage.
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