The study revealed that vitamin B3 is actually efficient in those who have previously suffered from these skin conditions and helps them so that the growth won’t recur.
The research was conducted in Australia and showed that individuals who took a particular type of vitamin B3 for about a year lowered their risk of getting skin cancers by 23%. The results were compared with those of individuals who were given the placebo pill for the same period of time.
According to the researchers who conducted the study, those who took vitamin B3 developed fewer than two of the skin cancers, compared to 2.5 of cancers of the ones who did not take vitamins.
However, the research din not involve the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma.
The study focused on more common and less dangerous forms, basal and squamous cancers of the cells.
Recent reports show that each year there are more than 3 million people diagnosed with these types of skin cancers in the United States.
Dr. Richard Schilsky, from the American Society of Clinical Oncology and one of the leaders of the study, said that these types of skin cancers are the most common that people get.
Although rarely lethal, these skin cancers are very persistent and seem to come back after being removed.
Dr. Schilsky said that removing these skin cancers can be an expensive medical procedure, such as surgery, freezing the spots off or exposing them to radiation.
According to Dr. Schilsky and his team of specialists, a specific type of vitamin B3 called nicotinamide, may be a more affordable way to lower the risk of certain skin cancers.
But since Australia has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, the doctors said that they need further research before recommending vitamin B3 as an effective treatment against this skin disease.
Some experts worry that certain vitamins can actually make things worse, especially since there aren’t many studies suggesting that vitamins can help lower the risk of cancer.
The experts advise that the best ways to avoid the risks of skin cancer is to stay away from overexposure to the sun and use sunscreen whenever we go outside.
According to the researchers, this type of vitamin B3 can be bought over the counter and doesn’t have any side effects.
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