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Revista médica de Chile

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SANCHEZ C, Francisca. The relationship between the ozone layer and skin cancer. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2006, vol.134, n.9, pp.1185-1190. ISSN 0034-9887.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0034-98872006000900015.

In the recent decades, a sustained increase in the worldwide incidence of skin cancer has been observed and Chile is not the exception. The most important risk factor is the exaggerated and repeated exposure to ultraviolet radiation coming from the sun. The ozone layer restricts the transmission of type B and C ultraviolet light. Since 1980, a sustained depletion of stratospheric ozone levels is occurring, specially in middle latitudes (-30 to ­60). Along with this depletion, the amount of ultraviolet light that reaches the earth surface is increasing. This article reviews some basic concepts about the ozone layer and the association between its depletion and skin cancer. The general population should be informed about the risks of inadequate and exaggerated exposure to sunlight

Palavras-chave : Ozone; Skin neoplasms; Sun light; Ultraviolet rays.

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