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Study: Cheap Vitamin Reduces Skin Cancer Risk

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Intake of nicotinamide, a cheap vitamin, can reduce the risk of skin cancer in people prone to it, research has shown. Nicotinamide is a form of vitamin B3 which is available as a nutritional supplement.

A clinical trial, conducted by researchers from the University of Sydney, showed that people who took two pills a day of nicotinamide were at 23 percent lower risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancer than those who were on placebo.

Researchers believe nicotinamide helps in the repair of ultraviolet light induced DNA damage. It also could protect the immune system.

The vitamin is sold in grocery and health food stores for a few cents per pill. It has some side-effects, but is largely safe.

Dr. Diona Damian, the lead investigator of the study, said in a news conference organized by the American Society of Clinical Oncology that the vitamin is safe, almost obscenely inexpensive and is widely available. She said the findings could be put into practice right away.

The study will be presented at the annual meeting of the oncology society that begins May 29 in Chicago.

by RTT Staff Writer

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