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Vitamin supplement reduces the risk of skin cancer

According to a report in the New York Times (5/14, Pollack, Subscription Publication), people who are prone to getting basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma who take an inexpensive vitamin can reduce their chance of getting these common skin cancers. In a clinical trial, investigators found that “people who took two pills a day of nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3 available as a nutritional supplement, had a 23 percent lower risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancer than those who” were given a placebo. According to the New York Times, “a summary of the results was released” yesterday “and presented…at a telephone news conference prior to the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.”

If you are fair-skinned or if you have a history of non-melanoma skin cancers, Dr. Bader recommends that you discuss taking this vitamin supplement with your Primary Care Physician.

Dr. Bader
About the Author
Is an Ivy-League trained physician and surgeon who is a board-certified Dermatologist & Mohs' Surgeon. Aside from having training in Internal Medicine and Dermatology, Dr. Bader completed a fully accredited fellowship in Cosmetic Surgery under the auspices of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. He moved to South Florida in June 1999. Shortly thereafter, he formed R.S.B. Dermatology in Deerfield Beach, FL.