I talked with my scientist friend last night, and he told me about a scientific study that he had unearthed and that had found a strong correlation between skin cancer rates and the full Moon. He asked me if I thought it was possible that the moon could affect the cancer rate in general and if I thought the moon did have a tangible effect on people.
Having spent a few years working night shifts, I definitely thought the moon has a noticeable effect on moods and emotions. I said perhaps it could weaken the immune system allowing this correlation to be found in the study. He spoke of the two moon orbits and wondered which orbit, in particular, would have caused the effects found. I hypothesized that the moon affects the water that creates tides in oceans, which is a pretty profound effect, and people are mostly made from water, so it makes sense that there are subtle effects exerted on our bodies that connect with the moon’s cycle. Some people would be more susceptible to others to the lunar magnetic effect.
Correlation does not equal causation, and more studies will be needed to look into the moon and its possible effects on people to really get to the bottom of things. The very fact that some researchers thought to research and published a paper on the moon and skin cancer rates is incredible. It’s the type of diverse thinking that finds new leaps forward. It’s only a few decades ago that ulcers were thought to be caused by stress, now we all know that most stomach ulcers are caused by infection with the Helicobacter pylori bacterium, thanks to the dedication and diverse thinking of Barry Marshall and Robin Warren, who were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery that peptic ulcer disease (PUD) was primarily caused by Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium with an affinity for acidic environments, such as the stomach. I’m keeping an open mind on the moon and its possible effect on skin cancer rates; certainly, more studies are needed to get to the bottom of this intriguing possibility.
The moon is magic, and this new study is just another curious thought to ponder.