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Vitamin B3 May Help Prevent Melanoma
Vitamin B3 could potentially help prevent melanoma in people most at risk of developing the deadly skin cancer, according to a paper published in the Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine journal.
The paper’s author, Dr Gary Halliday, wrote that nicotinamide (or vitamin B3), was shown to reduce the incidence of non-melanoma skin cancer in high-risk individuals in a clinical trial called ONTRAC.
The Professor of Dermatology at the University of Sydney believes it would be worthwhile to further determine whether the vitamin can help prevent melanoma in high-risk patients such as outdoor workers, people with fair skin, and those aged over 40.
Dr Halliday said that vitamin B3 ought to be investigated as an inexpensive way of preventing the disease in people who are most susceptible to developing it, since nicotinamide has been proven to enhance DNA repair and reduce inflammation caused by UV radiation.
While such a clinical trial would be welcomed, it is important to await the results of a study before recommending vitamin B3 as a preventative measure for melanoma, which is the fourth most common cancer in Australia.
(10 August 2017) Vitamin B may help prevent melanoma. SBS.