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5 Steps to Healthier Skin and Skin Cancer Prevention

Cancer Prevention, General Health, Skincare

As Summertime approaches and we look forward to longer days and more time spent outside, don’t forget to look after your skin!

Sun exposure, air pollution, and the inevitable aging process is continuously damaging our skin’s DNA. This damage can eventually lead to pre-skin cancers and cause skin cancers. Products containing DNA repair enzymes can boost your natural DNA regeneration processes by stimulating skin. DNA repair enzymes are the next generation of antioxidants.

Clinical studies have shown that 500mg of vitamin B3, twice daily, can enhance DNA repair, resulting in reduced basal and squamous cell carcinomas, as well as actinic keratosis (A rough, scaly patch on the skin caused by years of sun exposure). Basal and squamous cell carcinomas cancers and are found mainly on areas of the skin that are exposed to the sun – the head, face, neck, hands and arms, but remember – skin cancer can occur anywhere.

Fractional Erbium or Carbon Dioxide (CO2) laser treatments help remove sun damaged skin and pre-cancerous cells to help prevent skin cancers. It can also help cosmetically by improving scars, even skin toe, reduce wrinkles, and lighten brown spots.

The best defense is a good offense. A recent study showed that DNA repair enzymes, paired with a good quality sunscreen, is superior in terms of protection and prevention of skin cancers than sunscreen alone.

It has been known that consuming a diet high in antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables like broccoli, spinach kale, carrots, berries, oranges and grapefruits may help reduce skin cancers by 50%.
Jeffrey So, M.S., PA-C