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Vitamin A Pill may Reduce Skin Cancer Risk

by Kathy Jones on  March 3, 2012 at 8:35 PM Cancer News   - G J E 4
A study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology suggests that taking a vitamin A pill every day may reduce the risk of skin cancer among women.
 Vitamin A Pill may Reduce Skin Cancer Risk
Vitamin A Pill may Reduce Skin Cancer Risk
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The study was led by Dr Maryam Asgari from the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research in Oakland, who analyzed the effect of vitamin A supplements among 69,600 men and women between 50 and 76 years of age.

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The researchers found that a compound, known as retinol, present in vitamin A reduced the risk of skin cancer among women by as much as 60 percent. "Our data suggest a possible interaction between supplemental retinol use and the anatomic site of melanoma, with sun-exposed sites showing a stronger protective effect than sun-protected sites. It may be that retinol's effects may be mediated by sunlight exposure. This intriguing possibility warrants further exploration in future studies", Dr Asgari said.

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