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Does melanin in the skin prevent cancer?

Does melanin in the skin prevent cancer?

Yes, but partially: All skin colors can develop skin cancer but it is most common in lighter skin individuals . Skin cancer is less common in africans although they do develop skin cancer occasionally on the lip and sole and palms where there is less melanin. Even darker skin individuals should be examined as part of their exams for signs of skin cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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What is the best diet to prevent cancer?

What is the best diet to prevent cancer?

Mostly vegetarian: Vegetarians have about a 50% lower risk of cancer so minimizing meat reduces risk; a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts & seeds & low in saturated & trans fats will reduce cancer risk. Many specific foods like berries, broccoli, green tea & turmeric reduce risk. See http://www.helpguide.org/life/healthy_diet_cancer_prevention.htm ...Read more

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What are some proven foods to prevent cancer?

What are some proven foods to prevent cancer?

Pop sub-science: Epidemiology, especially based on people's recollection and studies in which it's impossible to rule out confounding variables (i.e., folks who like a lot of vegetables are less likely to smoke), generates a huge amount of worthless correlations. Despite hypes, even the link with low-meat high-fiber diet and colon ca seems weak; others are even weaker. Diet's not the key to cancer prevention. ...Read more

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Please suggest what foods should I eat to prevent cancer?

Please suggest what foods should I eat to prevent cancer?

Healthy: Unfortunately science has not identified any specific food that can prevent cancer or turn precancerous cells back to normal. However, eating a balanced, low calorie diet can improve your overall health and minimize the risk of developing some types of cancer. ...Read more

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What are the way, food to eat and not to eat to prevent cancer?

What are the way, food to eat and not to eat to prevent cancer?

Food not the answer: There are a huge number of studies on diet and cancer that have yielded a morass of utterly contradictory results. The book that claims vegans don't get cancer assumed the accuracy of death certificates during mao's famine -- the health benefits have proved elusive to hard science. Why not eat what you like, avoid greasy / sugary / salty stuff, get enough protein & enjoy your life? ...Read more

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Are there new innovations in technology that are currently being tried to treat and prevent cancer?

Are there new innovations in technology that are currently being tried to treat and prevent cancer?

Yes: Monoclonal antibody therapy is beginning to show improvement in survival. The antiCTLA and PD-1 antibodies alter the ability of the WBC that are cytotoxic to work efficiently in melanoma. Specific antibodies to immunogenic proteins in advanced colon and pancreatic cancer are showing enhancement in survival as naked antibodies thru ADCC. When coupled with chemo we should see better responses. ...Read more

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How can oatmeal prevent cancer?

How can oatmeal prevent cancer?

Don't be so sure: Internet junk sites are full of claims about "superfoods" with supposed near-magical powers. It should be obvious that these are entertainment and salesmanship. Oatmeal has been represented as blocking absorption of cholesterol to help control atherosclerosis, and as fiber for preventing colon cancer. Pretty much everything has "antioxidants" if you look hard enough. Eat it if you like it. ...Read more

Melanin (Definition)

This is the normal dark pigment of the body which gives it its color and sunprotection as well. Albinos may lack this pigment and have significant health consequences due to that. Some internal organs or color with melanin such as the choroid of the eye and the meninges of the brain. Melanin producing cells can cause ...Read more