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Stop enjoying your breakfast with a glass of citrus juice - or put yourself at risk of this deadly cancer!

by , 01 July 2015

According to a new study, those of you who enjoy a glass of orange or grapefruit juice with your breakfast in the morning might face a slightly increased risk of melanoma - the least common but most deadly form of skin cancer.

Researchers derived this finding from a study of more than 100,000 US adults who they followed for roughly 25 years. The team discovered that those who regularly drank orange juice or whole grapefruit juice had a higher risk of developing melanoma compared to people who avoided these drinks.

Researchers were quick to stress that about these findings, reported online this week in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Read on to find out more.

Expert says that compounds found in citrus fruits might explain the association

Abrar Qureshi, chair of dermatology at Brown University and dermatologist at Rhode Island Hospital (both in the US), says the compounds found in citrus fruits might explain the citrus juice melanoma association.
Dr Qureshi explains that citrus contains particular “photoactive” chemicals, namely psolarens and furocoumarins. Studies show that these chemicals make your skin more sensitive to the sun when you apply them topically.
“You’ll see children get sunburn in spots where a citrus popsicle dripped down the chin, for example,” Dr Qureshi says.

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You can’t get hurt unless you expose yourself to the sun

Dr Qureshi says you needn’t worry about drinking citrus juice unless you’re constantly exposing your skin to the sun.
That advice was echoed by Marianne Berwick, a skin cancer researcher who wrote an editorial published with the study.
“I don’t think the general public should make any changes based on this study,” said Dr Berwick, a professor of dermatology at the University of New Mexico in the US. “You should still have a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet.”
“We certainly wouldn’t want people to avoid fruits that are generally good for their health,” he said. “Just be aware that there’s an association with melanoma, and perhaps be extra careful about sun protection on days you’re eating or drinking citrus fruits,” Dr Qureshi concludes.

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