Does sunlight exposure improve survival in patients with non-small cell lung cancer?

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Mutlu H., Buyukcelik A., Aksahin A., Kibar M., Cihan Y. B., Kaya E., ...More

Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, vol.14, no.11, pp.6301-6304, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 14 Issue: 11
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.7314/apjcp.2013.14.11.6301
  • Journal Name: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.6301-6304
  • Keywords: Lung cancer, Season, Sunlight, Survival
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Some epidemiological studies reported that sunlight exposure and highvitamin D levels may decrease the morbidity and mortality related to cancer. We aimed to evaluate whether sunlight exposure has an impact on survival in patients with non small cell lung cancer. Materials and Methods: A total of 546 patients with NSCLC from two different regions (Kayseri and Adana) differing according to sunlight exposure were analysed retrospectively. Results: The median overall survival (OS) rates were 11. 6 (CI: 9.50-13.6) and 15.6 months (CI: 12.4-18.8) for Kayseri and Adana, respectively, in all patients (p=0.880). Conclusions: There were no differences between groups in terms of OS. While there is strong evidence regarding inverse relationship between cancer incidence and sunlight exposure, it is still controversial whether sunlight exposure is a good prognostic factor for survival in patients with lung cancer.