We’ve all been told, repeatedly, that the ONLY way to avoid skin cancer is to avoid the sun.
And if you DO have to go outside – ohmygod!!!! – you’d better SLATHER some poorly tested chemicals all over your body’s most sensitive organ.
That’s right -- your skin.
Well, friend, the mainstream may have gotten it ALL WRONG…
Because the key to protecting yourself from the most common form of skin cancer may have NOTHING to do with UV rays.
According to new research, it’s what’s on the INSIDE that counts!
The vitamin you almost NEVER hear about
Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma is one of the most common forms of the disease, striking some 1 million Americans every year.
This isn’t typically a deadly cancer. But it’s no fun, either.
It looks like a chunk of your skin was burned off or something…
And treating it usually means removing that chunk -- leaving you with some battle scars, often in highly visible places such as the face, neck and ears.
But if you boost your A, your risk of this disease will PLUMMET.
In the new study, folks with the highest levels of A had a 17% lower risk of skin cancer.
Apply that across the board… and make sure everyone gets more A…
And that means 170,000 cases of skin cancer every year could VANISH.
Yet how often do you hear about vitamin A?
Your best sources of A include carrots, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin (hello, autumn!)… as well as milk, fish, liver, eggs, and poultry.
Now, this isn’t to say you can load up on those foods or pop an A supplement and then go bake in the sun ’til you crisp.
But the notion that any sun exposure will roast you to death is just absurd.
Get out for 15-30 minutes a day without “protection,” depending on your complexion, to enjoy the benefits of sunshine (including vitamin D).
Then, if you’re going to be out longer than that, cover up.
Check online to find a sunscreen free of hormone disruptors and other nasty chemicals. They’re harder to find, but they’re out there.
A good place to start your search is by punching “EWG sunscreens” into Google. You’ll find a free guide that includes just about every possible brand along with ratings and an explanation of what’s inside for each.
In Your Corner,
Dr. Allan Spreen