The fact that about one in five americans will develop skin cancer at some point of their lives is very scary! And it makes skin cancer one of the most common forms of cancer. Are there any new recommendations for skin cancer prevention?
We are all familiar with the typical tips to lower the chance to get skin cancer. But since spring is finally here, the sun is shining, and we all want to spend some time outdoors enjoying the sun, I will make a list with the current guidelines for skin cancer prevention:
– Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
– Do not sunburn.
– Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.
– Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
– Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
– Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside.Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
– Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
– Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
– See your physician every year for a professional skin exam
Is there anything new on the horizon?
Dr. Dickinson, a research assistant professor in the Pharmacology Department at the University of Arizona and a UA Cancer Center member is conducting a pilot study in collaboration with John Hopkins University, that will test a topical broccoli sprout solution on the skin of a group of patients to see if the compound is effective in the context of solar simulated light. Previous studies have shown that the extract is quite safe for both topical and oral administration.
Broccoli contains a compound called sulforaphane that has been proven to have chemoprotective properties. Dr. Dickinson’s research shows that sulforaphane is a highly adaptable, highly effective agent when it comes to inhibiting cancer-causing pathways (such as the AP-1 protein), while activating chemoprotective genes (such as the Nrf2 gene).
This is very promising. Broccoli applied to the skin could be the next “SuperSunscreen”! At Prevention Foods we feature an all natural soap that contains broccoli sprouts that applied to the skin can help to minimize inflammatory processes, which can diminish redness, puffiness, and skin irritation. Check it out!