With the medical community marking the Melanoma and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, one expert has talked about natural approaches to reducing the risk of recurrence of this deadly skin cancer.
Dr. Gary S. Rogers, professor of dermatology at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, says that even if you beat melanoma, you have an increased risk of getting another one in the future.
"With melanoma, you can never let your guard down," he emphasizes.
Rogers says melanoma survivors can benefit from eating foods rich in antioxidants, such as legumes, green leafy vegetables, carrots, fish such as salmon, fruits, whole grains and flax seed.
He also recommends adding antioxidant supplements to the daily diet, including beta carotene, selenium, vitamin C, vitamin E and fish oils.
There is furthermore evidence that drinking up to two glasses of red wine a day may be helpful due to resveratrol, a polyphenol found in the skins of grapes that has potent anti-cancer properties and becomes concentrated in red wine during the fermentation process.