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Coffee and vitamin a for lowering skin cancer risk?

What research says about coffee or Vitamin A and skin cancer risk

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Posted 24/01/13

Being well-informed about the main methods for skin cancer prevention and using them effectively will certainly make you less likely to get this disease. However, the ongoing research on this dangerous condition has found other factors which may lower your risk as well. There is evidence that vitamin A and coffee may work to prevent this condition.

Vitamin A and Skin Cancer Prevention 

A recent study involving nearly 70,000 participants with an average age of 62 discovered that individuals taking vitamin A supplements on a daily basis are 40 per cent less likely to develop melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. The intake of supplements appeared to work more effectively for women. The protection was greater in areas where melanoma tumours are more likely to appear. Only the participants who took supplements managed to reduce their risk. The vitamin A from food did not seem to have any effect. Only the pure form of this chemical compound provided the increased level of protection. Carotene and other chemical compounds related to vitamin A were not found to have the same effect. More research is necessary to determine how exactly vitamin A works to lower the risk of skin cancer and how much of it is necessary to produce the desired results. Researchers and doctors advise not to take such a supplement without recommendation from your physician as higher levels of vitamin A in the body may lead to serious health problems.

Coffee and Skin Cancer Prevention

It has been discovered that drinking three cups of coffee per day may lower the risk of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) by 20 per cent in women and by 9 per cent in men in comparison to people who have less than one cup of the brewed beverage daily. Another interesting finding is that drinking the most caffeinated coffee lowers the risk of BCC by 18 per cent in women and by 13 per cent in men compared to individuals drinking the least caffeinated beverage. It is not clear how exactly coffee may work to prevent the most common type of skin cancer (BCC accounts for around 90 per cent of all diagnosed cases). The theory that has been supported by the most evidence, at least for now, is that caffeine kills the fairly small number of precancerous cells that have been damaged by ultraviolet radiation and that start to multiply. This comes to suggest that having coffee on days when you are exposed to the sun may provide better protection than on days when you stay at home.

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