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Skin Cancer Natural - High Levels of Selenium Decrease Risk of Skin
Keith D. Bishop, Clinical Nutritionist, B.Sc. Pharmacy - July 30, 2009
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High blood levels of selenium decrease the risk of basal cell carcinoma by 57% and squamous cell carcinoma by
Antioxidant nutrients, which include carotenoids, vitamin E and selenium can prevent skin damage
caused by ultraviolet rays from sunlight, but it is unclear whether these nutrients can influence skin cancer
A recent study sought to determine whether there is any
association between serum concentrations of antioxidant nutrients and skin cancer. The study included 485 patients
who were followed from 1994 to 2004. They provided blood samples, which the researchers measured for levels of
carotenoids, vitamin E and selenium and their relation to basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma occurrence.
The researchers found that while no relationship was found between serum carotenoids
or vitamin E levels and skin cancer risk, there was a significant relationship with
The results revealed that those with the high blood levels of
selenium had a 57% decreased risk of basal cell carcinoma and a 63% reduced risk of squamous cell carcinoma,
compared to those with the lowest selenium blood levels. It appears that high serum levels of selenium are
associated with a decreased risk of future skin cancer.
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 van der Pols JC, Heinen MM, Hughes MC, et al. Serum antioxidants and skin cancer risk: an 8-year
community-based follow-up study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2009;18(4):1167-73
About the Author:
Keith D. Bishop, Clinical Nutritionist, B.Sc. Pharmacy helps his clients
improve their health by using natural products, tests and self care. He writes special reports on
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