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24 July 2018

Vitamin B3 & skin cancer

Vitamin B3 & skin cancer

As the ageing population continues to grow, basal- and squamous-cell carcinomas will become even more common than they currently are. Continuing research is positive in the fight for cancers, and an exciting study has revealed positive results from the use of Nicotanimide, an active form of Vitamin B3. Australian researchers have found the use of this vitamin to significantly reduce the incidence of non-melanoma skin cancers among people who have had previous BCCs and SCCs. The researchers conducted a year long study which found that of a group divided into those who took the Vit B3 and those who did not, cut their chances of developing new skin cancers by 23%. So, a simple twice daily dose of this vitamin may be the secret to stopping those with significant sun damage from developing some forms of skin cancer. As you know, prevention is the best way to avoid skin cancer. Do not burn, make sure you cover up, apply sunscreen regularly and seek shade. Have your skin checked annually. Even a sun tan is a form of skin damage and while the temporary benefits may be enjoyable, the long term effects are not.