Staying out of the sun to prevent skin cancer? Good for you. But you could still be at risk of skin cancer - especially as new research shows that the gene most strongly linked to obesity and overeating also increases the risk of malignant melanoma! Here's how to protect yourself...
If you thought UV radiation from the sun was the only way you could develop melanomas
and skin cancer
, think again.
This is the first time that part of the FTO gene, called intron 1, has been shown to affect the body in a way that’s not directly linked to your weight.
That said, you shouldn’t just resign yourself to the fact that you’re likely to develop a melanoma
based on your genes.
Staying out of the sun is still your best way to prevent melanomas!
Because this “… doesn’t detract from the importance of reducing your risk of the disease by enjoying the sun safely... Getting a painful sunburn just once every two years can triple the risk of melanoma
”, says the Cancer Research UK website
So you should definitely still stay out of the sun to prevent melanomas.
And while the obesity
gene is to blame for melanomas
, that doesn’t mean you should ignore your diet as an important way to prevent skin cancer
Two ways to prevent melanomas by supplementing your diet!
In fact, FSP Health
recommends you take 4,000 IU of vitamin D daily to prevent melanomas
So avoid the sun’s harmful UV rays and add these two supplements to your diet – it’s the best way to prevent melanomas.