Can vitamin B prevent development of skin cancer?

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May 29, 2015

An inexpensive vitamin B₃ product, nicotinamide available over the counter, has been shown to reduce the risk of developing further skin cancers in patients with previous history of such cancers according to Australian ONTRAC (Oral Nicotinamide to Reduce Actinic Cancer) study.

Patients who took nicotinamide 500mg twice daily for 1 year showed a 20% reduction in new diagnoses of basal cell cancer and 30% reduction in new diagnoses of squamous cell cancer, compared with those who took placebo. Vitamin B₃ supplementation combined with sensible sunblock use could be our answer to altering the course of skin cancer epidemic. One in five Americans is destined to develop a skin cancer within his or her lifetime.

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