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10 Smart Ways to Lower Your Skin Cancer Risk

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Sun-Proof Your Body with Dietary Supplements

The hottest development in skin cancer prevention is a new dietary supplement that makes your skin less susceptible to the sun by mopping up free radicals -- molecules that collide with cells, causing premature aging and DNA damage that leads to cancer. The pill, called Heliocare, is made from natural antioxidants -- beta-carotene, along with extracts from a tropical fern and green tea. It hasn't been extensively tested yet in the United States, but Heliocare has been available in Europe for about 30 years. The dermatologists FITNESS spoke to were cautiously optimistic about its potential. "In small U.S. trials, Heliocare seems to be an effective way to protect your skin against UVA light," says Dr. Cordoro. "I wouldn't go out and buy it just yet, but I would stay tuned."

If you decide to try it, you'll need to swallow your first pill at least half an hour before going out the door -- and Dr. Weinkle advises taking another dose every two to three hours while you're outside. What's more, the manufacturer recommends that it be used in combination with sunscreen and other protective measures -- not as your only defense. Heliocare is available in major pharmacies, as well as at select dermatologists. For more information on where to buy, log on to

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, May 2007.


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garfieldmlogan wrote:

My wife always carries around a big tube of sunscreen with her fashion beachwear. I think it's kind of funny, but she's always the most stylish one at the beach!

7/12/2011 04:02:03 PM Report Abuse

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