In response to an earlier study which appeared to find a link between antioxidant supplementation and a higher risk of skin cancer, a team from Kaiser Permanente Northern California conducted new research which found this hypothesis to be untrue.
The study analyzed the association between antioxidants and melanoma among 69,671 participants of the Vitamins and Lifestyle (VITAL) study. The subjects, who included both men and women, completed a questionnaire about lifestyle factors, health history, diet, supplement use and other cancer risk factors at the beginning of the study in 2000-2002.
The results suggest that taking nutritional supplements with vitamins C and E, beta carotene, selenium and zinc during the previous 10 years did not lead to a higher risk of melanoma in either women or men.
Furthermore, the authors of the study note that "the Nurses’ Health Study reported no association between intake of vitamins A, C and E and melanoma risk in 162,000 women during more than 1.6 million person-years of follow-up."
The results have recently been published in the Archives of Dermatology.