According to a new study conducted by researchers at Kaiser Permanente Northern California in Oakland, Vitamins C, E and other antioxidants do not increase the risk for melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer. This finding is contrary to another recent study that reported a four-fold increase in melanoma risk among women who took supplements of vitamins C and E, beta carotene, selenium and zinc. The findings of the new study have been published in the August issue of Archives of Dermatology.

Highlights of the study
a. This study looked into the use of supplements and the associated risk for cancer.
b. Researchers collected data of 69,671 women and men who participated in the Vitamins and Lifestyle (VITAL) study.
c. Between 2000 and 2002, participants were required to complete a questionnaire that contained questions about lifestyle, medical history, diet, use of supplements and other cancer risk factors.
d. It was found that multivitamins and supplements, taken over 10 years, were not associated with the risk for melanoma among both women and men.
e. Besides this, researchers also conducted case-control studies where they examined serologic [blood] levels of beta carotene, vitamin E and selenium.
f. This also showed that there was no association of the vitamins with subsequent risk of melanoma.
g. Previous studies have revealed that topical antioxidants like green tea extracts, vitamin C and E and soy can prevent and reverse some of the sun's damage.