Natural Ways to Protect Yourself Against Growing Skin Cancer Rates

According to a statement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most serious form of skin cancer, known as melanoma, has more than doubled between 1982 and 2011. The CDC indicates that dangerous UV radiation emitted from the sun and tanning beds are the primary reason for the skyrocketing incidence of melanoma over the last three decades. According to the organization’s report, “Vital Signs” more than 9,000 Americans die annually from melanoma.  Of course, sun exposure also contains damaging UV rays that can cause skin cancer, particularly in fair-skinned individuals prone to burning, on cloudless days, and in areas where there is little ozone.

However, it’s not all bad news. The Vital Signs report estimates that 20 percent of all melanomas could be avoided if skin cancer prevention and awareness programs were implemented. CDC proposes the following measures to drastically reduce the incidence of melanoma:

-Increase shady areas in public spaces like pools and playgrounds;

-Promote sun protection through the use of items like hats, sunglasses, and sunscreens;

-Encourage schools, child care centers, employers, and colleges to educate students and employees about sun safety; and

-Restrict the availability and use of indoor tanning by minors.

While the CDC recommends the use of sunscreen, not all experts agree with this strategy, particularly if the sunscreens are chemical-based rather than mineral-based. According to board-certified plastic surgeon Arthur Perry, MD, FACS, fifteen chemicals are used in sunscreens to block UV light from penetrating the skin. Nine of these substances are known endocrine disruptors that are absorbed into the blood and can be detected in urine, blood and breast milk for up to two days after a single application. Dr. Perry indicates that these endocrine disruptors upset the estrogen balance in the body and increase the risk of certain cancers like breast, ovarian and prostate cancer.

A vitamin D deficiency has been linked to larger and more advanced melanoma growths. The study found that simply correcting the deficiency was sufficient to significantly reduce melanoma size.

The International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research found that low levels of vitamin C increased the risk of melanoma. The researchers propose that vitamin C may help protect the body against melanomas. Other researchers link a reduction in the compound 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC) as a factor in melanomas. According to the journal Medical Epigenetics, the same researchers also found that vitamin C showed promise as a therapy in the treatment of melanomas since it naturally increased 5hmC levels in study participants.

The herb St. John’s Wort contains a compound known as hypericin, which has been shown in a study published in the medical journal PLoS One to cause melanoma cells to die without affecting healthy cells. Because St. John’s Wort can increase skin sensitivity for a few hours it is best to avoid direct sunlight after taking this herb. Also, many medications interact negatively with this herb so be sure to check with your doctor prior to taking.

Many other natural medicines have demonstrated ability to help in either the prevention or treatment of melanomas, according to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. The study-proven natural medicines include: Grape seed proanthocyanidins, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (a substance naturally found in green tea), resveratrol (naturally found in purple and red grape skins), as well as the supplements rosmarinic acid and lycopene.

Follow package directions or the instructions of your naturally-minded physician for dosages of the natural medicines mentioned above.

For more information consult my e-book CANCER-PROOF: All-Natural Solutions for Cancer Prevention and Healing.

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Craifa C.
Craifa C2 years ago

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus C3 years ago

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Barb Hansen
Ba H3 years ago

don't you need to get sun in order to correct your vitamin d deficiency? but vitamin d deficiency is linked to melanoma growth. where do you go with this?

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Dave C.
David C3 years ago

noted

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Winn Adams3 years ago

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