Skin Cancer Vitamins


It's the most common cancer among white Americans -- a skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma. Over half a million cases are diagnosed every year.

Yet, simply taking vitamins regularly might prevent nearly 70 percent of the cancers, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

In a study of those who said they did or did not take vitamin supplements, investigators found that taking any type of vitamin reduced the risk of basal cell carcinoma. But vitamins A, C and E appeared most powerful.

Such skin cancers usually come from too much exposure to the ultraviolet light in sunlight [and sunlamps] and occur most frequently in those with fair skin and a family history of the cancer.

The finding that supplements, especially vitamins E and A, might block skin cancer was not surprising. These two vitamins have also halted the cancer in laboratory animals. And vitamin A and related compounds have been used to treat skin cancer.

Preventing skin cancer may be one more reason to take supplements regularly. Caution: Overdosing on vitamin A can be toxic. Beta carotene, which converts into vitamin A, is safer.

Article copyright Natural Way Publications, Inc.


By Jean Carper

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