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A daily vitamin pill could help prevent skin cancer - particularly among women, the Daily Mail reported Friday. Scientists say taking food supplements containing vitamin A can make people less likely to develop melanoma, the deadliest form of the disease. A study found that retinol - a key component of Vitamin A - could protect against the illness. The strongest protective effects were found in women and in sun exposed sites, suggesting retinol actually combats skin cancer. Previous research with mice has shown retinol and carotenoids can shrink melanoma tumours and improve survival.
There are some other measures you can take to reduce the disk of reducing skin cancer. Some of them are to avoid indoor tanning, mid day exposure and increase the use of sunscreen. Tobacco products should be avoided. In the summers one should wear protective clothing like long sleeves and hats.
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