More people are diagnosed with skin cancer than
all other types of cancer combined.
That’s why many of us with fair skin dread our
annual trip to the dermatologist. We know what we’re in for.
Chances are, the doctor will find some spots that
need to be frozen off or cut out. They might be squamous or basal cell cancers.
These are by far the most common types of skin cancers. They aren’t normally
life threatening. But it is painful when they are removed.
There’s also a smaller chance that a spot might
be melanoma. It is serious and can be deadly.
Doctors’ standard advice to avoid skin cancer is
to stay out of the sun and always wear sunscreen while outdoors. The problem is
that this trades one health problem for another.
Lack of sunlight can lead to a vitamin D
deficiency. This puts you at risk for heart disease,
osteoporosis, dementia and other serious conditions.
Now, new research shows that one vitamin can
reduce your chances of getting squamous cell cancers.
The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association
Dermatology. It included more than
172,000 people and followed them for up