July 27, 2006

THUS THE BASEMENT RULE (via Bryan Francoeur):

Sun kills 60,000 a year, WHO says (Reuters, 7/26/06)

As many as 60,000 people a year die from too much sun, mostly from malignant skin cancer, the World Health Organization has reported.

It found that 48,000 deaths every year are caused by malignant melanomas, and 12,000 by other kinds of skin cancer. About 90 percent of such cancers are caused by ultraviolet light from the sun.

Radiation from the sun also causes often serious sunburn, skin aging, eye cataracts, pterygium -- a fleshy growth on the surface of the eye, cold sores and other ills, according to the report, the first to detail the global effects of sun exposure.

Yet people still insist Summer isn't evil?

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 27, 2006 8:13 AM

Here comes the suntan tax.

Posted by: John Resnick at July 27, 2006 9:10 AM

How racist of you, John. Africa would be the most heavily taxed continent and Scandinavia would escape unblemished financially.

Posted by: obc at July 27, 2006 9:22 AM

Sad but true. However, if WE have determined the activity is bad for you, there is no other choice. WE must either ban it or tax it. That or make SPF 50 mandatory.

Posted by: John Resnick at July 27, 2006 9:55 AM

What if you don't have a basement?

Posted by: Brandon at July 27, 2006 11:13 AM

The French candle industry was behind this report, I am sure of it.

Posted by: Dusty at July 27, 2006 12:05 PM

We must get at the root cause, we must destroy the sun, the source of all evils. Or we must spill more smog to shield us from the sun. Smog has saved us from deadly skin cancers for the past decades. The reason we have more skin cancers now is because we have less smog.

Posted by: ic at July 27, 2006 2:20 PM

Baseball in NH in January. We need it. But the balls will have to be orange (or magenta).

Posted by: jim hamlen at July 27, 2006 4:29 PM

More skin cancer because we're living longer, much longer.

Posted by: erp at July 27, 2006 4:32 PM

Well, someone who's rooted for the Red Sox all these years probably would think summer is evil...

Posted by: John at July 27, 2006 5:45 PM

You've probably nailed it, erp.

Posted by: Noam Chomsky at July 28, 2006 2:58 AM

All diseases are because we live longer.

Posted by: oj at July 28, 2006 10:53 AM