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Lower Skin Cancer Rates Through Nutrition, Supplementation and Lifestyle

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Skin cancer is a fast-growing epidemic in the United States with greater than 3.5 million new cases diagnosed each year. The incidence has tripled since the 1970s.

No one disputes that skin cancers- non-melanoma (basel, squamous cell) and melanoma skin cancer, are a huge problem growing annually. No one disputes that while non-melanoma skin cancers have a good five-year survival rate they can become melanoma and can be disfiguring.

What is being disputed is what to do about this large and growing problem.

Due to repeated sunburns as a teen and aggressive chemotherapy and radiation due to a cancer diagnosis in early 1994, I have an increased risk of skin cancer.

What I do? My thinking?. Reduce your risk of SC through lifestyle, diet and supplementation. You. Yourself. Not your physician but you. Having you dermatologist check you annually for SC is fine. Make sure he/she uses a dermoscope to examine your skin.  But you must remember that skin cancer can be tricky to diagnose. 

My point in all this is that SC and melanoma are complicated cancers. Visual inspection of your skin is…less a than reliable method to reduce your risk of skin cancer than evidence-based, non-toxic methods to lower your risks

Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer at a Glance-

  • Risks UV Exposure, HPV, Genetics, Skin Pigment, Immunosuppression, Radiation Therapy, Age, Previous Skin Cancer,
  • Symptoms Itching, Bleeding, Shape (A,B,C,D,E).
  • Diagnosis Visual inspection (A,B,C,D,E), Skin Biopsy (Shave, Punch, Incisional/Excisional)
  • Prognosis- Staging-
  • Therapy Conventional, Non-Conventional, Integrative, Alternative

Melanoma at a glance-

  • Risks UV Exposure, HPV, Genetics, Skin Pigment, Moles, Immunosuppression, Previous Skin Cancer Diagnosis, 
  • Symptoms- Mole, Shape (A,B,C,D,E), Itching, Bleeding, 
  • Diagnosis- Visual Inspection, Skin Biopsy, 
  • Prognosis Staging, In-situ, I, II, III, IV,  Five year survival rates
  • Therapy Conventional, Non-Conventional, Integrative, Alternative

I am both a cancer survivor and cancer coach.  Living with an “incurable” cancer since 1994 has taught me that self-reliance is a key component of health care.

Have you been diagnosed with Basel, Sqamous Cell or Melanoma skin cancer? Scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.


David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Are yearly body exams an answer to rising skin cancer rates?

“As rates of skin cancer, or melanoma, rise for men and women in the United States, health experts are debating the effectiveness of annual total body examinations in helping to detect the disease in its earlier stages. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.

Routine full body exams for skin cancer are not usually part of the annual physical exams performed by primary care providers and non-dermatology specialists. Last year, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel on preventive and primary care, concluded that there is insufficient evidence to recommend routine full body skin examinations for adult patients.

However, a group of dermatologists and oncologists published an article in the March issue of the journal Future Medicine asking the preventive task force to revise its stance on full body skin inspections. In the journal article, the authors disagreed with the task force’s findings and the physicians who authored the article stated that routine body screening of “high risk” individuals could help reduce skin cancer deaths.

As summer nears and more people prepare to go out in the sun, Dr. Philip Scumpia, a dermatologist and dermatopathologist, says there are conflicting recommendations over full body skin inspections.”

Skin Cancer Prevention

Skin cancer is a fast-growing epidemic in the United States with greater than 3.5 million new cases diagnosed each year. The incidence has tripled since the 1970s.

Exposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays the sun emits is the single greatest risk factor for developing skin cancer.. The 3 main types of UV rays that the sun emits are known as UVA, UVB, and UVC. Ninety-five percent of the UV radiation reaching earth is UVA rays, which are a great cause of photoaging due to their ability to penetrate deep into the skin.

UVA rays are known to induce indirect DNA damage by creating free radicals via reactive oxygen species and decreasing the activity of antigen-presenting cells of the epidermis.. UVA rays are used in tanning booths, can also penetrate clouds and glass. They are prevalent year-round. UVB rays, also known as sunburn rays, have a 290 to 320 nm wavelength and are more associated with skin cancer than UVA tanning rays, which have a 320 to 400 nm wavelength. This is because UVB rays cause direct DNA damage by inducing the formation of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers and pyrimidine (6-4) photoproducts. The third type of rays, UVC rays, although more damaging to the skin than UVA or UVB, are completely absorbed by the ozone layer, and therefore, do not increase the risk of skin cancer.

In addition to directly damaging DNA, UV radiation alters the skin in ways that cause skin immunosuppression that may also lead to skin cancer, although the exact mechanism is unclear.


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