A daily vitamin pill could help prevent skin cancer - particularly among women, it has emerged.
say taking food supplements containing vitamin A can make people less
likely to develop melanoma, the deadliest form of the disease. A study found that retinol - a key component of Vitamin A - could protect against the illness. The strongest protective effects were found in women and in sun exposed sites, suggesting retinol actually combats skin cancer.
However, there was no association between dietary intake of vitamin A, found in liver, eggs and milk, and a reduction in risk. There
was also no reduced risk seen by the intake of carotenoids, which are
abundant in vegetables including carrots and tomatoes and soak up
compounds that can damage the skin. Previous research with mice has shown retinol and carotenoids can shrink melanoma tumours and improve survival. Retinol is also good for the immune system and eyesight.
Source - Daily Mail