I recently did a segment for TheLip.tv about skin cancer and some foods that can fight and protect you from it. Here is the video and some more information:
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, diagnosed in more than one million Americans and responsible for nearly 10,000 deaths every year. It is also one of the most preventable types of cancer.
There are three types of skin cancer. Squamous cell skin cancer and basal cell skin cancer, which are less serious and usually occur in sun-exposed parts of your body. Melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, also occurs on sun-exposed areas but may appear anywhere on the body. “Melanoma can almost always be cured in its early stages. But it is likely to spread to other parts of the body if it is not caught early,” The American Cancer Society explains.
Sunscreen, the obvious answer, is not your only line of defense against skin cancer. Here are some other tips you probably already know:
-Ditch tanning and UV tanning booths
-Cover up with clothing, hats and sunglasses. tre chic!
-Sunscreen is not just for the beach. Snow, water, and sand can all reflect and intensify the damaging rays of the sun.
-Examine your skin head to toe once a month.
In addition according to Karen Collins, RD, clinical dietitian and nutrition adviser for the American Institute for Cancer Research “In addition to limiting your sun exposure, eating certain foods may help reduce your risk”
“Food is the chemotherapy we all take three times a day,” Dr. William Li MD says. So in addition to sunblock, stock your pantry with a new kind of SPF: skin-protective foods. 5 diet must haves to helping beat skin cancer:
-Fruits and Vegetables
5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day will give you the amount of antioxidants you need to help fight free-radicals in your system. Go for the darkest most colorful foods, they tend to be the best for you
The Omega-3 anti-inflammatory properties in chia seeds are perfect for protecting you from certain cancers
Time to start that herb garden you’ve been talking about. Fresh herbs, especially fresh sage, rosemary, parsley, and basil pack a big antioxidant punch as well as adding fantastic flavor to your favorite dishes.
Tea time! A lab study found that the antioxidants found in green and black teas inhibit the the proteins necessary for skin cancer to develop. Researchers at Darmouth Medical School found that people who drank two cups or more daily were 35% less likely to get squamous cell cancer than non-tea drinkers.
“Components in wine, may be tumor protective partially because of their antioxidant properties and may also inhibit growth of some human cancer cells,” explains study coauthor Adele Green, MD, PhD, deputy director and head of the cancer and population studies laboratory at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research. While scientists get to the bottom of wine’s possible health benefits and the mechanisms behind them, I propose a toast to the promising indicators.
Cheers to healthy, beautiful skin!