Hi David- I have had 7 basal cell skin cancers removed from my face in the last 15 years. I am 60. I am checked every 6 months. The last two were just removed. I keep wondering if there is something in my diet I could change that might help. Or a vitamin supplement. Dan
I can relate. I just had three nevi removed as well as two spots on my bald head sprayed with cryotherapy. Unsightly for a few weeks but they healed. The biopsy report came back reporting that all the spots where NOT skin cancer.
Non-melanoma skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis in the U.S. You are trying to prevent future skin cancers and I am trying to prevent my first skin cancer.
A lifetime in the sun or just an active life outside in the sun- can mean non-melanoma skin cancers appearing on your face (and elsewhere) frequently. While Squamous and Basel cell skin cancers rarely metastasize, these skin cancers can be expensive and painful to remove. The solution is to reduce your risk of relapse.
My reply to this question is an evidence-based, inexpensive therapy shown to reduce the risk of future skin cancers. As the study linked below explains, vitamin B3, nicotinamide, “cut the rate of new squamous-cell and basal-cell skin cancers by 23% compared with placebo after 1 year among patients…”
I also supplement with curcumin as well as green tea extract.
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“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 nicotinamide—cut 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…
The investigators emphasized that these results were achieved in individuals who previously had skin cancer and were thus at high risk for new skin cancers. The results do not apply to other patient populations…
In addition, the investigators emphasized that nicotinamide is the form of vitamin B3 that should be taken for prevention—not other forms of vitamin B, such as niacin—and that continuous treatment is advised...
“This form of prevention is safe and inexpensive, costing around $10 per month, and it is widely available. It is ready to go straight to the clinic for high-risk patients with a track record of skin cancer. This is a new opportunity for skin cancer prevention,” said lead investigator Diona Damian, MBBS, PhD, Professor of Dermatology, Dermatology University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. “The pill does not take the place of sunscreen use and regular skin checkups by dermatologists for people at high risk,” Dr Damian noted…”
“Turmeric is a popular spice that’s touted for its many health benefits. Some people even claim that it can prevent, treat, or cure skin cancer.
While there’s research that points towards the anti-cancer properties of turmeric, many of the trials have only been done in animals or cell cultures in laboratories.
More studies are needed to confirm that turmeric is a viable prevention or treatment option for skin cancer…
“Excessive exposure of the skin to solar ultraviolet (UV) radiation is one of the major factors for the development of skin cancers, including nonmelanoma. For the last several centuries the consumption of dietary phytochemicals has been linked to numerous health benefits including the photoprotection of the skin.
Green tea has been consumed as a popular beverage world-wide and skin photoprotection by green tea polyphenols (GTPs) has been widely investigated…
Topical application or oral administration of green tea through drinking water of mice prevents UVB-induced skin tumor development, and this prevention is mediated, at least in part, through rapid repair of DNA.
The DNA repair by GTPs is mediated through the induction of interleukin (IL)-12 which has been shown to have DNA repair ability. The new mechanistic investigations support and explain the anti-photocarcinogenic activity, in particular anti-non-melanoma skin cancer, of green tea and explain the benefits of green tea for human health…”