Skin Cancer Prevention: Could Diet Play a Role?

Skin Cancer PreventionMost people are aware of the dangers of skin cancer, and also of the fact that skin cancers outnumber most other cases of cancer. The more we learn about these conditions (you can get skin cancer even if you live where it’s cloudy much of the time), the more we realize that we are all at risk, and that we could all use help in terms of prevention. In addition to applying sunscreen diligently and staying covered when out in the bright sunlight, research also suggests that our diet may play a pivotal role in increasing our sun-safety.

Here’s how . . .

Fruits and vegetables
Cancer-fighting antioxidants such as vitamin C are excellent sources of nutrients for the hair and skin, too. Think grapefruit, oranges, and lemons in your cup of tea. Also think spinach. In fact, adding cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower and broccoli to plates of leafy greens, such as kale, spinach, and collard greens, is said to contribute preventive measures against melanoma. Another flavorful food that has cancer-fighting properties is tomato. Specifically, cooked tomato. A hearty tomato paste is rich in lycopene, which has protective qualities.

Omega-3 fatty acids
People all around the world are hearing about the numerous advantages of the Mediterranean diet. A report in the International Journal of Epidemiology stated that one of the major advantages of the diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, olive oil, herbs, and fresh fruits and vegetables is a significant reduction in melanoma risk. 50%! Fish like mackerel, sardines, and wild-caught salmon are excellent sources of omega-3s.

Vitamins and supplements
Dr. Nicholas Perricone, who wrote The Wrinkle Cure, has said that 80% of the vitamin stores in the body are depleted within 45 minutes of sun exposure. This can make it difficult to maintain adequate stores with diet alone. Taking vitamins and herbal supplements can help. Some that are recommended by Dr. Perricone include vitamin C, vitamin E, and coenzyme Q10. And let’s not forget about the substantial advantages of vitamin D. Interestingly enough, the best way to get this vital nutrient is through natural sunlight. Just be sure to get your sun exposure early in the morning, and for the appropriate amount of time.

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