Nicotinamide, is a form of Vitamin B3 which has been deemed as an effective supplement to prevent non-melanoma types of cancer.
This conclusion was revealed from a study conducted by the University of Sydney and the lead researcher said that the findings were so accurate, that this supplement needs to be implemented into the rountine of people who often get skin cancers, as soon as possible.
She also underlined the fact that nicotinamide supplements (a type of Vitamin B3) should not be taken by just anyone, but rather only those predisposed to getting malignant skin tumors.
This is extremely good news for people who often get skin carcinomas, especially since the supplement is one of the cheapest that exists on the market.
The study was held in Australia and revealed that people who received a B3 supplement had a 23% lower risk of developing skin cancer as opposed to those who only received placebo pills.
This study, meant to prevent skin cancer, was centered mostly around basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas types of cancer. Melanoma, one of the most deadly and aggressive type of cancer was not the subject of the study, so it is unknown if Niacin also helps preventing this type of skin cancer.
Basal and squamos cell carcinomas are quite common in the US and although most of them are treatable, the treatment consists of surgery which can leave mutilating scars.
These types of cancer also seem to affect a person more than once and the condition on which the 386 people from Australia which were selected in the study, was that they had to have had at least two or more malignant skin tumors in the past five years.
However, in the study most of the participants had at least 8 run-ins with skin cancer during the past five years and most notably, there was one patient who had developed 52 skin carcinomas.
As a conclusion to the study, scientists also said that once a person ceased to take B3 supplements, their protection against skin cancer was gone, therefore the treatment had to be administered for long periods of time.
Despite these findings, dermatologist still recommend protection against UV rays as the most effective means of preventing skin cancer.
Other drugs which have been suggested as a protection against skin cancer are aspirin and derivates of vitamin A, called retinoids, but they can have severe side effects and can also be a cause for congenital malformations.
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