What to Eat to Beat Skin Cancer
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- How a Healthy Diet Can Protect You from Skin Cancer
- 5 Diet Must-Haves to Beat Skin Cancer
- Antioxidant-Rich Foods
- 7 Must-Know Skin Cancer Risk Factors
7 Must-Know Skin Cancer Risk Factors
By Samantha Shelton
New research reveals surprising reasons you may be at risk. Do any of these apply to you?HPV
Human papillomavirus, which affects at least 50 percent of sexually active people, has been linked to cases of squamous cell carcinoma, according to a study published in a 2010 issue of the British Medical Journal. Talk to your gynecologist about protecting yourself against HPV and whether the HPV vaccine is a good option for you.Acne Meds
Tetracycline and related antibiotics make your skin more sensitive to sunburn, so avoid sun exposure while taking them and always wear ample sunscreen before venturing outside.Outdoorsy Weekends
Working indoors all week and then getting intense sun exposure on weekends, especially if you're exercising (sweat wipes away sunscreen, leaving your skin more vulnerable to UV penetration), can up your risk, according to the American Cancer Society.The High Life
States such as Utah and New Hampshire, which are very mountainous, have more people who have developed melanomas than do, say, Wisconsin and New York, the CDC reports. The levels of UV radiation increase 4 to 5 percent for every 1,000-foot increase in altitude.A Weakened Immune System
People who take prednisone, which can be used for asthma and other conditions, and immunosuppressant drugs are at an increased skin cancer risk because their immune defenses are lowered and less able to protect cells from UV damage.Breast Cancer
One in eight women will get breast cancer during her lifetime. Having the disease ups the odds of developing melanoma, too, according to a study in the Irish Journal of Medical Science. As researchers investigate a possible genetic link between the two cancers, be sure to stay up-to-date with your breast exams.Atypical Moles
People who have 10 or more atypical moles, which resemble melanoma but are benign, have 12 times the risk for developing melanoma compared with the general population, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Even if you have just one mole, be vigilant with self-skin checks.
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, May 2011.
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