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Skin Cancer, Vitamin D & Calcium! Protect Yourself From Deadly Melanoma!

Updated on March 25, 2012
This is not smart! Sunburns lead to skin cancer!
This is not smart! Sunburns lead to skin cancer!

Had Skin Cancer? You're at Higher Risk for Melanoma...

If you've had skin cancer, including basal and squamous cell carcinomas, then you may have a greater risk of developing melanoma, a deadly skin cancer.

So what can you do to prevent it? In a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, June, 2011 it was found that calcium and vitamin D may offer some protection against this devastating disease!

Researchers have found that vitamin D and calcium supplements may offer protection against deadly melanoma!
Researchers have found that vitamin D and calcium supplements may offer protection against deadly melanoma!

The Study's Results

Researchers at Sanford University studied 35,000+ women and gave half the group 1000 mg of calcium and 400 IU of vitamin D daily. The rest received a placebo. The participants were followed for seven years. 176 cases of melanoma were reported.

The supplements had no effect on those who did not have previous, non-melanoma skin cancers. But in those who had suffered previous skin cancers, there was a 57% lower risk of the disease, than those in the placebo group.

Calcium and vitamin D offer protection against deadly melanoma (if you've had previous, non-melanoma skin cancers).
Calcium and vitamin D offer protection against deadly melanoma (if you've had previous, non-melanoma skin cancers).

In Conclusion: Vitamin D and Calcium Are Protective Against Melanoma!

Dr. Jean Tang, one of the researchers who published the study said, "In preventive medicine, we want to target people most at risk for the disease... If you previously had a non-melanoma skin cancer, calcium plus vitamin D might reduce your risk of the more deadly melanoma."

I couldn't have said it better!

It's also interesting to note that researchers think that the reason the supplements had no effect on those who didn't previously have skin cancers, could possibly be due to the low dose of vitamin D used for the study. Now that's food for thought, literally!

CAUTION: The information included herein is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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