Skin Cancer Prevention Santa Monica
For prophylaxis against Basal cell and Squamous cell cancer the following have been shown to have some benefit in clinical studies:
- SUNSCREEN: Ultra-Violet Light (U.V.) is a recognized skin carcinogen. The majority of skin cancers are thought to be related to damage caused by U.V. exposure from the sun or tanning beds. There is now clear evidence that limiting U.V. exposure can decrease your risk of skin cancer. So, apply a broad spectrum sunscreen (SPF 30 or more) every 2-3 hours while outdoors and wear sun protective clothing.
- NICOTINAMIDE (Vitamin B3): Oral nicotinamide (vitamin B3) 500mg twice a day effectively reduced the development of basal cell cancer and squamous cell skin cancers by over 20% in high-risk patients. This over the counter supplement appears safe and is readily available.
- TEA: Oral intake of black or green tea every day may slightly decrease your risk of skin cancer over many years.
- SKIN RESURFACING: Resurfacing sun damaged skin with the CO2 laser or medium depth chemical peels has been shown to decrease the risk of further skin cancers in the treated areas. These treatments will also afford a cosmetic benefit by reducing wrinkling, improving scars and giving a more even complexion.
- DNA REPAIR ENZYMES: Ultraviolet light (U.V) causes skin cancers through damage to the cells DNA. The use of topical DNA repair enzymes have been shown to decrease the number of pre-cancerous lesions, (actinic keratosis) and so decrease the risk of skin cancer in sun damaged skin. (Eryfotona Actinica is a sunscreen that contains these DNA Repairsomes).
Some recent studies have suggested that long-term aspirin use may be associated with a reduced risk of melanoma, in women but not men.