Caffeine and exercise 'could help in battle against skin cancer'

4 April 2012

People can decrease their chances of having to receive treatment for skin cancer by drinking caffeine and doing exercises on a daily basis.

This is according to research which has been carried out by Yao-Ping Lu, associate research professor of chemical biology and director of skin cancer prevention at the Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy in Piscataway.

In order to illustrate his findings, professor Lu put mice at a high risk of contracting skin cancer through fitness regimes and gave them a dose of caffeine.

The results highlighted that the mice studied experienced 62 per cent fewer skin tumours compared to those who were left to go about their normal routines.

"I believe we may extrapolate these findings to humans and anticipate that we would benefit from these combination treatments as well," professor Lu stated.

Bevis Man, from the British Skin Foundation, was also keen to advise recently that people should apply moisturising cream during the winter and sunscreen in the summer to reduce their chances of being exposed to skin cancer.

Posted by Edward Bartel


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