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A article in The Independent starts with:

Researchers followed 30,000 women for 20 years and found that those who avoided the sunshine were twice as likely to die

Women who never sunbathe during the summer are twice as likely to die than those who sunbathe everyday, a major study has shown.

Researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden claim guidelines which advise people to stay out of the sun unless wearing sunscreen may be harming the population, particularly in countries like Britain.

Is the evidence from the new study that the article features strong enough to warrant that conclusion?

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    I'd prefer if you used the Independent article as a base for the question. The page you linked is a copy of a Natural News article, and the part you quoted distorts the original article quite a bit. – Mad Scientist Jul 6 '14 at 14:55
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    That probably wasn't exactly their conclusion, " [...] said lead author Dr Pelle Lindqvist. “Sun exposure advice which is very restrictive in countries with low solar intensity might in fact be harmful for women’s health." – user1873 Jul 7 '14 at 2:05
  • @Fabian : I changed the quote and citation to the Independent article. I think I had both open at the time of writing the question and picked the wrong one ;) – Christian Jul 9 '14 at 8:41
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    "twice as likely to die"? That sounds odd. I always believed that everybody dies with probability 1. – Jens Jul 9 '14 at 13:59
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    No, it's in the article, but not in your quote. It just appears on first impression to be a mismatch between the title and the quoted claim. On further inspection, it's clear that they mention sunscreen in the article, but maybe you could make that connection clearer by adding a second quote. Or if the sunscreen aspect is not what you're interested in, just change the title to remove that focus. – user5582 Jul 9 '14 at 16:48

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