Here is some news that is especially interesting this time of year as we all prepare for spending time in the summer sun.
Scientists have found that selenium may play a role lowering the skin cancer risk. Higher blood levels of selenium may reduce the incidence of skin cancer by about 60%, according to an eight-year community-based follow-up study.
Writing in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, the researchers report that the mineral was associated with reduced risks of both basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC).
It’s estimated that more than one million new cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year. In fact, the number of new cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer appears to be increasing every year while the number of new cases of melanoma has stayed about the same since the 1990s.