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Vitamins That Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer

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  • Vitamin B3 (nicotinamide) may offer protection for those who are prone to certain skin cancers. Patients with squamous cell or basal cell carcinoma who took B3 were 23 percent less likely to have another cancer diagnosed
  • Vitamin D, which is metabolized when UV rays strike your skin, has been shown to reduce not only your risk of melanoma—the deadliest form or skin cancer—but also the most common types of cancer
  • Activated vitamin D goes directly to the genes in your skin and helps prevent the type of abnormalities that ultraviolet light causes. As a result, sun avoidance can become a factor that triggers skin cancer

By Dr. Mercola

If you're like most people, you've probably fallen for the misguided advice from most dermatologists and public health officials to stay out of the sun to avoid skin cancer. Unfortunately, total sun avoidance is inadvisable, as it can actually increase your risk rather than lower it.


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