At some point, you likely have come across an advertisement boasting the anti-cancer properties of vitamins. Can vitamins protect against skin cancer?
Vitamin B3 (also known as niacin) is found in foods such as fish, vegetables, nuts and grains. Due to its cellular effects, niacin and its derivative, nicotinamide, are used to treat various skin condition in the field of dermatology. More recently, daily nicotinamide supplementation has been shown to reduce the risk of nonmelanoma skin cancers (also known as squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma) in high-risk patients.
Before you ditch the sunscreen and go out to buy a summer supply of vitamins, here are some important things to consider:
While it is important to have a diet that includes vitamins and minerals, supplementation should not be used as a replacement for healthy sun-protective behaviours!