Non-Conventional Therapies for Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer

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Enhancing ATP production with oral nicotinamide protects from UV immunosuppression, enhances DNA repair and reduces skin cancer in humans…”

Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer, either Basel Cell or Squamous Cell Carcinomas, are a double-edged sword. The good edge of the sword is the fact that only a small percent of NMSC’s even become melanoma that result in death.

The bad side of the sword is that non-melanoma skin cancers are common, frequently come back and can cause damage to your skin (face?) where they erupt.

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

I know. I am a cancer survivor and cancer coach of a different cancer. I underwent local radiation for my different cancer that increased my risk of non-melanoma skin cancer. Further, I had a bone marrow transplant which also increased my risk of NMSC. I have six (6) of the risk factors listed above.
Picture of Malignant Melanoma

I wasn’t surprised when a mole (nevis) appeared out of nowhere on my face a few years ago. Having the mole removed was quick, easy and covered by my health insurance.

But it became clear to me that non-melanoma skin cancers would recur frequently as I aged if I didn’t take steps to reduce the risks of NMSC recurrence.

I supplement with Life Extension Optimized Resveratrol with Nicotinamide Riboside. As the studies linked and excerpted below explain both nicotinamide and resveritrol reduce my risk of non-melanoma skin cancer.

I am healing the damage I’ve previously done to my skin as well as reducing the risk of a cancer recurrence.

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David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

Oral Nicotinamide Prevents Common Skin Cancers in High-Risk Patients, Reduces Costs

The prevention of common skin cancers and precancers is possible by taking an inexpensive, widely available, oral pill twice daily. The pill—the vitamin B3 supplement called nicotinamidecut the rate of new squamous-cell and basal-cell skin cancers by 23% compared with placebo after 1 year among patients at high risk for skin cancer. Nicotinamide also reduced the risk for developing actinic keratosis, a common precancer of the skin…”

Oral and systemic photoprotection.

“Photoprotection can be provided not only by ultraviolet (UV) blockers but also by oral substances.

Enhancing ATP production with oral nicotinamide protects from UV immunosuppression, enhances DNA repair and reduces skin cancer in humans. Reactive oxygen species also contribute to photodamage. Nontoxic substances consumed in the diet, or available as oral supplements, can protect the skin by multiple potential mechanisms. These substances include polyphenols in fruit, vegetables, wine, tea and caffeine-containing foods. UV-induced prostaglandin E2 (PGE2 ) contributes to photo damage…”

The Grape Antioxidant Resveratrol for Skin Disorders: Promise, Prospects, and Challenges

“Studies have shown protective effects of resveratrol against ultraviolet radiation mediated oxidative stress and cutaneous damages including skin cancer. Because many of the skin conditions stem from ultraviolet radiation and oxidative stress, this antioxidant appears to have promise and prospects against a wide range of cutaneous disorders including skin aging and skin cancers…”

Diet and Skin Cancer: The Potential Role of Dietary Antioxidants in Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer Prevention

” Dietary AOs may prevent free radical-mediated DNA damage and tumorigenesis secondary to UV radiation. Numerous laboratory studies have found that certain dietary AOs show significant promise in skin cancer prevention. These results have been substantiated by animal studies. In human studies, researchers have evaluated both oral AO supplements and dietary intake of AOs via whole foods…”



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