Skin Caner: Can Vitamin A fight it?
Skin Caner: Can Vitamin A fight it?

Vitamin A or retinol is an essential nutrient to maintain good bone, joint and skin health. Now, a group of scientists found, after analyzing more than 120,000 patients, a link between their consumption and a lower risk of developing skin cancer. The authors pointed out that their action was on Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC), that is, the second most frequent variety of this type of cancer.
After melanoma, the CCE is the most common type of skin cancer, the Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF), estimates that in the USA. UU. 700.00 new cases are diagnosed each year. Although this disease can arise in any part of the body, it is more frequent in areas that are in constant exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays: face, scalp, ears, hands, neck or legs.
The groups most at risk of developing it are those who have a complexion, light hair or eyes, scars, ulcers, chronic infections, have suffered burns, or are recurrent users of tanning beds.
Experts say that CCEs that are detected and removed in time can be cured without problems. However, having it once increases the risk of future cases, since the skin suffered irreversible damage. Therefore, the best solution is prevention, avoiding burns or excessive sun exposure by keeping you in the shade, using sunscreens and creams, and doing routine check-ups with your doctor.
Now, specialists from the Warren Alpert School of Medicine, Brown Public Health, Harvard Medicine and the University of Inje, in South Korea, found another factor that might be helpful: vitamin A.
For their work, published in JAMA Dermatology , the researchers analyzed data from 75,170 women, with an average age of 50 years, and 48,400 men, with an average age of 54 years. During a follow-up period of more than 26 years, 3,978 cases of skin cancer were documented among the participants of both study groups.
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