It’s Not Just About Sun

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Diet and Skin Cancer

From the website cancer.org:

Cancer of the skin is by far the most common of all cancers. Melanoma accounts for less than 2% of skin cancer cases but causes a large majority of skin cancer deaths.

The rates of melanoma have been rising for at least 30 years.  Here are the American Cancer Society’s estimates for melanoma in the United States for 2015:

About 73,870 new melanomas will be diagnosed and about 9,940 people are expected to die of melanoma.

Melanoma is more than 20 times more common in whites than in African Americans. Overall, the lifetime risk of getting melanoma is about 2.4% (1 in 40) for whites, 0.1% (1 in 1,000) for blacks, and 0.5% (1 in 200) for Hispanics.

As empowered individuals, what can we do to reduce our risk of skin cancer?

A diet high in antioxidants is important and recent research suggests that a restricted-calorie diet inhibits the development of precancerous growths while an obesity-inducing diet activates skin cancer pathways.
Restricted caloric intake has also been previously shown to increase longevity.

One of our naturopathic doctors can give you more specific advice to prevent skin or any other kind of cancer. Call us at 416-481-0222 or Book Now.

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