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Diet And Lifestyle Plays Vital Role In Preventing Skin Cancer

by Medindia Content Team on April 1, 2006 at 2:45 PM
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Diet And Lifestyle Plays Vital Role In Preventing Skin Cancer

Researchers have found that diet and lifestyle alone will suffice to prevent about two-thirds of all skin cancers.

Both environment and genetic disposition play a role in skin cancer. While anyone can develop skin cancer, the risk is greatest for people with light-colored skin that freckle easily, researchers said.

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About 10 percent of all patients with melanoma have family members who also have had the disease, but everyone should be on the lookout for new spots, a mole that changes size shape or color, a sore that doesn't heal or a spot that is itchy, tender or painful reports foodconsumer.org.

Researchers at M.D. Anderson recently found resveratrol -- found in cranberries, grapes and peanuts -- is linked to anti-cancer activity including skin cancer. In laboratory studies, curcumin -- found in turmeric and curry powder -- blocked a key biological pathway needed for development of melanoma and other cancers, researchers said.

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