James Igani

Over the past several decades we have increasingly become a nation
of sun worshippers who want the best and deepest tan before the summer
season even starts. While all that sun increases our vitamin D levels,
researchers claimed for years that it was the cause of skin cancer among
other cancers.
While most people want a magic bullet to prevent cancer or make it
go away, recent scientific research indicates that there are definite foods
and food elements that provide potent protection against cancer, including
skin cancer. Those foods don’t just protect us from cancer, they also
increase the chances of survival should we fall prey to such a frightening
Conventional treatments for cancer range from dousing the body with
X-rays to loading us up with chemical cocktails that destroy healthy cells,
not just cancer cells. It seems to me that changing one’s eating habits
would be far less toxic and far more pleasurable. Plant foods that have not
been refined are loaded with anti-cancer micro- and macronutrients that
when consumed abundantly offer the body a smorgasbord of protective

elements because vegetables and fruits protect against all types of
cancers. In fact, researchers have documented that “the most prevalent
cancers in our societies are plant-food- deficiency diseases” and when we
“increase our phytochemical intake and leave less room in our diets for
harmful foods, [we enhance] cancer protection even further” (Furman,
Constant consumption of animal products and by-products does
increase the risk of suffering from “bladder cancer, brain cancer, breast
cancer, colon cancer, endometrial cancer, intestinal cancer, kidney cancer,
leukemia, lung cancer, lymphoma, oropharyngeal cancer, ovarian cancer,
pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, skin cancer and stomach cancer”
(Furman, 2004-2015). Conversely, cruciferous vegetables such as
cabbage, kale, broccoli, collards, and others are rich in the most potent
anti-cancer substances of all types of vegetables (Furman, 2004-2015).
Skin cancer is now the most common cancer in the U.S. with women
as the most common victims among those under the age of 39 developing
serious forms of melanoma, second only to breast cancer in its deadly
nature (Gottesman, 2015). While you can protect yourself with sunscreens,
summer hats, and other skin protectors, the most important and best
protection comes from your diet. New research is studying the

“antiangiogenic” nature of foods. This research indicates that “Sun damage
to the skin causes the growth of new blood vessels, in a process called
angiogenesis, that cancer cells hijack to feed themselves” Gottesman,
2015). The idea is to starve the cancer cells so they can’t reproduce.
Certain foods are rich in anti-oxidants as well as antiangiogenics in a
dietary chemotherapy that really works without harming the body.
Dr. Mercola holds that there’s a way to use the sun to protect against
skin cancer that involves balancing sun exposure (2011). It’s his belief that
when your skin becomes the pale pink (among Caucasians), your time in
the sun is over for the day (2011). That’s because you’ve absorbed enough
vitamin D which does protect you from skin damage and skin cancer
(Mercola, 2011).
If you’ve already been diagnosed with skin cancer, reports indicate
“that extracts of plants from the Solanaceae family of vegetables are
effective for treating cancer dating back nearly 200 years to 1825,
according to natural health pioneer Dr. Jonathan Wright” (Mercola, 2011).
Today, Mercola reports, an egglplant-based cream that contains high
concentrations of a standard mixture of solasodine glycosides (BEC) has
been shown to be effective in the treatment of malignant and benign human
skin tumors (2011).

If you’ve not been touched by the disease, a diet loaded with natural
antioxidants can provide you with the best defense against the harmful
UVA rays of the sun because “fresh, raw, unprocessed foods deliver the
nutrients that your body needs to maintain a healthy balance of omega-6
and omega-3 oils in your skin, which is your first line of defense against
sunburn” Mercola, 2011). Further, those same raw vegetables also load
your body with an army of powerful antioxidants, all of which help fight free
radicals caused by sun damage that causes sunburns and cancer. Foods
noted for skin cancer prevention include: Sweet potatoes, kale, spinach,
collard greens, and most yellow/orange veggies (beta-carotene); tomatoes,
watermelon, papaya, and pink guava (lycopene); and spinach, kale, peas,
Brussels sprouts, zucchini, pistachios, and broccoli (lutein) (Mercola, 2011).
No matter where you live in the world, it’s summer somewhere or
maybe you just live in a year-round summer climate. By loading up on
cancer-preventing and reversing foods, you will give yourself a safe,
fighting change to ward off the disease or to send it packing. It’s worth a try
and your body will thank you for your efforts.

Furman, J. (2004-2015). Eat For Health – The Anti-Cancer Diet. Retrieved from

Gottesman, N. (2015). What to Eat to Beat Skin Cancer. Retrieved from cancer-fighting- foods/
Mercola, J. (2011). BEC or Eggplant Extract: Stunning New Way to Flush Away Skin Cancer. Retrieved
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