Did You Know? Vitamin B3 reduces skin cancer risk

According to the study which involved 386 patients who had been diagnosed with at least 2 skin cancers, the vitamin supplement was shown to enhance DNA repair.

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Good news people, researcher have discovered that a nicotinamide which is a certain type of vitamin B3 may help reduce the risk of non-melanoma skin cancers by as much as 23%.

According to the study which involved 386 patients who had been diagnosed with at least 2 skin cancers, the vitamin supplement was shown to enhance DNA repair and restore the skin's immunity.

Lead researcher Diona Damian, a professor of dermatology at the University of Sydney said the study was "the first clear evidence that we can reduce skin cancers using a simple vitamin, together with sensible sun protection."

The study involved 386 patients who had been diagnosed with at least 2 skin cancers, in the last five years and was presented ahead of the American College of Clinical Oncology Conference in Chicago later this month.

Half were randomly assigned to take 500 milligrams twice daily of nicotinamide, while the other half took a placebo.

According to the study, when patients stopped taking the supplements, their risk of getting skin cancer rose again about 6 months later, indicating that the benefit can only be gained if the supplements are taken consistently.

The treatment was well-tolerated in the patients with an age-range of 30 to 91 and who were considered high-risk due to their history of skin cancer.

Damian lauded the find as one which was ready for the clinics but however warned that the treatment was not tested as a remedy or prevention strategy for the general public.

She however stressed that sunscreen is still necessary to protect against skin cancer.

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