An Australian study has found that B3 could lower the risk of skin cancer in some people, but not all who take the vitamins will achieve the same result.
The people in the study were at a high risk of getting skin cancer, explains Michael Dannenberg, MD, chief of dermatology at Huntington Hospital. “When people in the study stopped taking the B3 treatment for three months, their skin cancer risk returned to where it previously was.”
“[The study was] looking at one very specific population – high risk individuals in an area where you have a very high rate of skin cancers because of the high sun exposure,” Dr. Dannenberg said. “What we don’t know is whether or not it applies to the general population.”
There are some people who might benefit from taking B3 supplements, including people who often develop skin cancers, immunosuppressed people and transplant patients who are at greater risk for skin cancer, Dr. Dannenberg said. He advised anyone thinking about starting a B3 or other vitamin regimen to consult their physician before doing so.
“The one thing we know is the use of sunscreens, hats, protective clothing and avoidance of peak-day sun exposure continues to be the best way to avoid skin cancer,” Dr. Dannenberg said.
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