New Study Finds Antioxidants Do Not Increase Melanoma Risk

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 by: S. L. Baker, features writer
Tags: melanoma, health news, Natural News

eTrust Pro Certified

Delicious Pin It
(NaturalNews) Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. However, if it's recognized and treated early, it is almost 100 percent curable. On the other hand, if melanomas are ignored, they can spread to other parts the body and be fatal. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) about 69,000 Americans will be diagnosed with the malignancy this year and around 8,650 will die from this cancer. Causes have been linked to genetics (being a natural blonde or redhead raises your risk) and serious sunburns.

Fortunately, as NaturalNews has previously reported, specific nutrients have been shown to help prevent melanoma ( So when findings from the Supplementation in Vitamins and Mineral Antioxidants (SUVIMAX) study concluded that women who took antioxidant supplements (low doses of vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, selenium, and zinc) for about seven and a half years had four times the risk of getting melanoma than those not taking antioxidants, it was puzzling.

In fact, in 2007 the SUVIMAX researchers proclaimed "regular intake of such nutrients may be associated with harmful effects" and reports in the mainstream media were quick to warn about the supposed dangers of vitamins and other supplements. But to anyone who has looked into the research on the benefits of nutrients, this study simply didn't make sense. After all, at least half of US adults now use nutritional supplements regularly and melanomas are not rampant.

Now a study published in the August issue of the Archives of Dermatology shows the earlier anti-supplement research conclusions were just plain wrong. As the researchers conclude in their new paper, there is "no evidence of an association between use of supplemental antioxidants and melanoma risk, and the results did not vary by sex."

A team of researchers from Kaiser Permanente Northern California, the University of California at San Francisco, University of Washington Medical Center, and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center sought to confirm the SUVIMAX findings by investigating the incidence of melanoma in the Vitamins and Lifestyle (VITAL) study, a large population-based prospective cohort study of 69,671 women and men. VITAL was specifically designed to find any association between cancer and the use of nutritional supplements. Between 2000 and 2002, when the study first began, volunteer research subjects completed a 24-page questionnaire about lifestyle factors, health history, diet, supplement use and other cancer risk factors.

Dr. Maryam M. Asgari of Kaiser Permanente Northern California and colleagues found over sixty percent of participants in the VITAL study were either taking or had taken multivitamins. The scientists looked at a variety of multivitamin exposures -- including how long vitamins were taken, dosage, and years of use since age 21 years. The results? There was absolutely no risk found between taking vitamins and the risk of developing a melanoma.

In addition, the researchers also looked to see if there was a risk of melanoma associated with long-term use of beta carotene and selenium (from multivitamins plus individual supplements). Once again, they found no increased risk of melanoma associated with these supplemental nutrients. In their paper, the scientists point out that they aren't the only ones to find no melanoma risk from taking nutritional supplements. The Nurses' Health Study -- a huge study involving 162,000 women -- reported no association between intake of vitamins A, C, and E and melanoma risk either.

For more information:

Get breaking news alerts on GMOs, fluoride, superfoods, natural cures and more...
Join over four million monthly readers. Email privacy 100% protected. Unsubscribe at any time.

Have comments on this article? Post them here:

comments powered by Disqus

Take Action: Support

Email this article to a friend

Permalink to this article:

Reprinting this article: Non-commercial use OK, cite with clickable link.

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):
Most Popular
Today | Week | Month | Year

See all Top Headlines...


Now Available at

O3 Essentials OraJuvenate™
A powerful, cleansing dental cream for maximum oral/dental health.
New Cancer Solutions
Over 3 hours of content covering today’s best cancer tests, how to kill cancer cells and the best diets and exercise routines.
Freeze-Dried 100% Organic Whole Corn
Our freeze-drying method preserves taste, texture and nutrients better than any other food preservation method ever invented.
Fenix TK35 Flashlight
Tough, waterproof, extremely bright and it’s touted to throw an 800+ lumen beam more than 1,000 feet into the night.
Inca Treasure Smoothie Pack
This pack of our four most popular superfoods from South America is the perfect combo pack for smoothie lovers.
Pink Himalayan Salt
This salt delivers significant levels of magnesium, zinc and selenium, with trace levels of dozens of other elements.
Pinhole Glasses - Aviator Style
Pinhole glasses are becoming famous for helping people improve their vision without the risks of laser surgery.
Oxy-Rich Facial Serum
O3 Essentials Jojoba Oxy-Rich Facial Serum is cellular nourishment for your skin. Helps smooth fine lines while enhancing tissue elasticity.
Freeze-Dried 100% Blackberry Halves
Our freeze-dried blackberry halves are grown in Serbia under strict organic standards.

Also on NaturalNews:

Health Ranger Videos
Activist music
CounterThink Cartoons
Food documentaries
FREE Special Reports
Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Most Popular Stories

Flu shot kills 19-year-old, but vaccine industry still has total immunity against lawsuits
Here's a nutty fact: Eating more tree nuts lowers the risk of all-cause death by up to 20 percent
Six important facts you're not being told about lost Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story
10 other companies that use the same Subway yoga mat chemical in their buns
BLM fracking racket exposed! Armed siege and cattle theft from Bundy ranch really about fracking leases
High-dose vitamin C injections shown to annihilate cancer
U.S. treating meat with ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the '24-hour sickness'
USDA to allow U.S. to be overrun with contaminated chicken from China
Vaccine fraud exposed: Measles and mumps making a huge comeback because vaccines are designed to fail, say Merck virologists
Battle for humanity nearly lost: global food supply deliberately engineered to end life, not nourish it
Diet soda, aspartame linked to premature deaths in women

25 Amazing Facts About Food

This FREE downloadable report unveils a collection of astonishing and little-known facts about the food we eat very day. Click here to read it now...


Resveratrol and its Effects on Human Health and Longevity - Myth or Miracle.

Unlock the secrets of cellular health with the "miracle" nutrient Resveratrol Click here to read it now...


Nutrition Can Save America

FREE online report shows how we can save America through a nutrition health care revolution. "Eating healthy is patriotic!" Click here to read it now...

The Healing Power of Sunlight and Vitamin D

In this exclusive interview, Dr. Michael Holick reveals fascinating facts on how vitamin D is created and used in the human body to ward off chronic diseases like cancer, osteoporosis, mental disorders and more. Click here to read it now...

Vaccines: Get the Full Story

The International Medical Council on Vaccination has released, exclusively through, a groundbreaking document containing the signatures of physicians, brain surgeons and professors, all of which have signed on to a document stating that vaccines pose a significant risk of harm to the health of children. Click here to read it now...

Health Ranger Storable Organics

GMO-free, chemical-free foods and superfoods for long-term storage and preparedness. See selection at

Recommended Resources On:

Natural News trends
Health Ranger news
Natural News GMOs
Mike Adams tracker
Natural News photos
Natural News Global
Natural News in focus
Natural News connect
Natural News shocking stories
Natural News radar
Health freedom
Dr. Paul Offit

This site is part of the Natural News Network © 2014 All Rights Reserved. Privacy | Terms All content posted on this site is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. Truth Publishing International, LTD. is not responsible for content written by contributing authors. The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Truth Publishing assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms and those published here. All trademarks, registered trademarks and servicemarks mentioned on this site are the property of their respective owners.

eTrust Pro Certified Android app on Google Play

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source:

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.