The World's Most Unavoidable Carcinogen

Published on August 5, 2016
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Out in the open air on a beautiful summer day, most people don’t realize that they’re bathing in the world’s most common carcinogen – the sun’s rays. Ultra violet (UV) rays to be exact. Let’s take a look at how UV rays affect your body, and the sorts of built-in chemical defense systems you’re working with to stop any potential damage.

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Writer/Producer:
Kirk Zamieroski

Executive Producer:
Adam Dylewski

Scientific consultants:
Frankie Wood-Black, Ph.D.
Darcy Gentleman, Ph.D.

Music:
Smidi – Like That
Sam Leopard – Je Trace Ma Route

Sources:
UV Rays and carcinogenic light – https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/roc/content/profiles/ultravioletradiationrelatedexposures.pdf

Broad Spectrum Breakdown – http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/pubhealth/roc/listings/u/uv/summary/index.html

General UV/sunlight – http://www.livescience.com/50326-what-is-ultraviolet-light.html

UV Index – https://www.epa.gov/sunsafety/uv-index-scale-1

How UV Affects DNA- http://www.nature.com/scitable/blog/scibytes/how_ultraviolet_light_reacts_in

Melanin – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2671032/

Types of Melanin – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2071942

Skin Cancer in African Americans – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7804993

UV radiation and cancer effectshttp://monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/Monographs/vol100D/mono100D-6.pdf

DNA Bulge – http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/UVB/Images/dna_mutation.gif

How UV Radtion Effects Life On Earth – http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/UVB/

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