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Dave Foreman

Skin Cancer

by Dave Foreman
Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
Archives
- Herbal Pharmacist Health Update
- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old manís concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
- Superfoods
- Timing your Training Supplements
- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
- Infant Corner-Homeopathy
- Foundational Health
- Top Toxins
- Fall Cleansing
- Heart Health
- Protein Recovery and Repair
- High Blood Pressure
- Tart Cherries
- Infant Corner: DHA
- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
- Holiday Gift Ideas
- Herbal Tea
- Tired, moody, canít sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
- Eye Health
- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
- Holiday Digestion
- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
- TMJ Syndrome
- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
- There's A New CoQ10 In Town
- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
- Ear Infections
- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
- Nattokinase
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- IBS
- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
- Nails
- PMS
- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Uterine Fibroid
- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

The skin is the largest organ of the body. It covers the internal organs and protects them from injury. It also acts as a barrier by keeping bacteria out of the body and by preventing the loss of too much water and other bodily fluids. The skin regulates body temperature and helps rid the body of water and salts. Certain cells in the skin communicate with the brain and allow for temperature, touch, and pain sensations. The most common problems we have with our skin all revolve around the exposure of our skin to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun over time. The days when a tan was a sign of good health are gone. In the last 10 years, we have learned that the harmful effects of UV radiation from the sun are much more dangerous than originally thought. There are many causes for the damage done to the skin that contribute to aging. The most common is from the free radical damage caused by repeated exposure to UV sunlight. Other contributing factors are environmental toxins, smog and pesticides, cigarette smoke and medications.

In the United States, more than 1,000,000 cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer are diagnosed each year. Most of these are considered to be directly related to sun exposure. With regards to Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, over 62,000 cases were diagnosed in 2006. Nearly 8,000 people died last year from Melanoma Skin Cancer. What is more alarming is that these numbers seem to be rising not falling. This amazes me considering the increased knowledge we have about prevention and causes.

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer develops primarily on sun-exposed areas of the body, ears, face, neck lips and back of the hands. This type of cancer occurs on the outer layer of the skin or covers the internal or external parts of the body. This type rarely spreads to other parts of the body. Melanoma skin cancer begins in the cells called melanocytes cells that make skin color or pigment. Melanin, made by these cells helps protect the deeper layers of the skin from the harmful effects of the sun. It is the primary cause of skin cancer deaths and has been known to spread to other organs in the body.

WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS?

  • Fair complexion
  • Skin exposure to environmental toxins
  • Family History
  • Severe sunburns as a child
  • Unprotected or excessive exposure to UV radiation
  • Multiple or abnormal moles

WHAT CAN INCREASE YOUR RISK OTHER THAN SUN EXPOSURE?

  • Exposure to cigarette smoke
  • Poor diet
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Stress
  • Use of harsh soaps or chemicals

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS/SYMPTOMS?

  • Any visible change in the skin-including size or color of a mole
  • Change in sensation, itching, pain or tenderness of the skin
  • preading of pigmentation beyond the border of a mole
  • Scaling, oozing, bleeding or change in any bump on the skin

What can you do to prevent it? Other than the obvious things like avoiding exposure to the sun and/or reduction of any of the other risk factors, there are definitely some nutritional supplements I would consider using on a daily basis. I always preach that to get healthy skin on the outside, you must start from the inside. Antioxidants might be the most important supplement to help prevent or assist in treating skin cancer. Since a great majority of the cause of skin cancer is from free radical damage it makes sense to consume foods and supplements that have high antioxidant potential. The individual ingredients like CoQ10, Pycnogenol, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Lutein, Lycopene, Turmeric, and Green tea are just a few of the more popular antioxidants that can help. My favorite combination product is New Chapter's Super Critical Antioxidant. This is an all herbal combination that packs a ton of punch. There are many other combination antioxidants available on the market. I recommend seeking one with a combination or synergistic blend of antioxidants.

Whenever discussing skin health you have to include fish oil as part of your supplement regimen. I prefer Coromega® but other brands like Nordic Naturals and Carlson Labs would be great substitutes. If you are vegan, then Udo's Choice would be a great second. Fish oil is critical for skin health and skin repair. It won't necessarily rid the body of the disease, but it will help with the formation of new healthy skin cells.

When talking about cancer we need to look at the immune system. Supplements like Maitake D Fraction®, Host Defense® and Beta Glucan (WGP 3-6®) are always at the top of my list. These each possess the ability to support a healthy immune system and can be very effective as part of your skin cancer supplement program.

Yes, you can buy some of these products in topical form. Topical products may be best for the prevention part of your health care program, especially with regards to using antioxidants. Often you can find creams and lotions that contain Vitamin C, Green tea and CoQ10. Applying these products daily can help reduce the free radical damage caused by the sun and other environmental toxins. If I can stress anything to you about addressing skin cancer, prevention is the way to go. Once you have the condition it is much harder to go back to where you once were. Use sun screen and take care of you skin from the inside out. You know, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

 
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