5 Skin Cancer-Fighting Foods

Learn which foods can help you lower your risk of skin cancer.

As the number one cancer in America, skin cancer causes worry for a lot of people. Many have scaled back on sun exposure and increased the amount of sunscreen applied before heading outdoors.

Would you believe staying in the shade and rubbing on lotion are not the only means of protecting yourself from skin cancer? Studies show that eating certain foods can lower your risk.

Leave the turf, choose the surf

Eating fish is good for your skin. Shellfish and other fishes rich in omega-3 fatty acids offer protection from melanoma. Add least one serving of fish to your diet each week.

Add color to your diet

You should be eating 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Add dark green and orange-colored vegetables to your meals for protection from skin cancer. Veggies like broccoli, kale and collard greens contain antioxidants that reduce your risk of melanoma.

Spice it up

Herbs add more than flavor to your food. Fresh sage, parsley, basil and rosemary are extremely rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants.

Have a spot of tea

Much like the other cancer-fighting foods, tea contains beneficial antioxidants. One of the antioxidants found in black and green tea inhibits a protein needed for skin cancer to develop.

Get the corkscrew

Drinking wine can help you unwind and fight cancer at the same time. The antioxidant properties of wine have been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells, according to some studies.

To learn more about skin cancer exams and the treatment of the disease, contact us at the Medical Center of McKinney at 972-547-8000 or visit our online health library.

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