New research has indicated that regularly taking vitamin supplements could help to reduce the risk of contracting skin cancer among women who have previously suffered some forms of the condition.
According to a study published by California's Stanford University this week, participants who took a combination of calcium and vitamin D were 57 per cent less likely to develop skin cancer than those who did not.
"In preventive medicine, we want to target people most at risk," said lead author Dr Jean Tang. "If you previously had a non-melanoma skin cancer, calcium plus vitamin D might reduce your risk of the more deadly melanoma."
The survey was conducted using Women's Health Initiative data covering a total of 36,000 individuals aged between 50 and 79 collated over a period of seven years.
Last week, a report from the Harvard School of Public Health indicated that eating a consistently healthy diet can be a more effective way of staying slim than simply monitoring calorie intake.