Avoiding Sun Could Mean Early Death For Women, Study Says

(Undated) -- Women who never sunbathe during the summer are twice as likely to die as women who sunbathe everyday. Researchers in Sweden tracked nearly 30-thousand women for 20 years. Their findings suggest that women who stay out of the sun have a higher risk of deadly melanoma skin cancer and are twice as likely to die from any cause. Doctors believe a lack of vitamin D might be the reason. The body makes vitamin D through exposure to the sun. Vitamin D deficiency is known to raise the risk of diabetes, tuberculosis, multiple sclerosis and rickets. The study is published in the "Journal of Internal Medicine."