Vitamin D

Intentional UVR exposure to meet Vitamin D requirements is not recommended.

It’s true, exposure to UVR contributes to vitamin D levels, but there is no established “safe” threshold of exposure for vitamin D that does not put a person at risk for skin cancer.

Intentional UVR explosure to meet Vitamin D requirements is not recommended.

Instead, use sources of vitamin D that are safer than UVR exposure (dietary sources, like fortified foods and vitamin D supplements).



  • The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services, Office of the Surgeon General; 2014 Pg 19
  • “Vitamin D.” Vitamin D – SunSmart. SunSmart Australia, n.d. Web. 12 May 2017.<>.
  • The Recommended Core Content for Sun Safety Messages in Canada. Briefing on the Results of the 2014/15 National Consensus Process.

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