I better eat my spinach
The latest Skin Cancer news-
Eating green, leafy vegetables may be as important as wearing hats and sunscreen in the prevention of skin cancer.We'll put spinach on the list of good things for melanoma survivors like myself.(TFM will be a thirteen year survivor the end of this month.) Where as the list of things that Melanoma survivors should avoid include- Too much time in the sun, Navy doctors and so forth.
An 11-year study by the Queensland Institute of Medical Research involving 1,000 people in Nambour, on the Sunshine Coast, found those who ate at least three serves of green leafy vegetables a week reduced their risk of skin cancer by up to 55 per cent.
Doctor Jolieke van der Pols says green vegetables such as spinach contain a crucial cocktail of nutrients that can boost the skin's natural defence against sun damage.
"Other research that has looked at individual nutrients haven't found very clear evidence, so it might be that actually the combination of nutrients as they occur normally in the foods that we eat, actually have the effect on the skin cancer," Dr van der Pols said.
She says the findings highlight the importance of eating a healthy, well-balanced diet.
"So the message is: diet may play a role, but importantly in addition to the usual precaution measures such as using a hat, sunscreen and protective clothing."
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