The link between skin cancer and weight

In this article, we will talk about how skin cancer and diet are related.
Skin cancers are the most commonly diagnosed group of cancers around the world. In 2020, the International Agency for Research on Cancer estimated that around 325,000 new cases of melanoma were diagnosed worldwide, and about 57,000 people have passed away from it. Though some of the most common causes of skin cancer are prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, not wearing sunscreen regularly, and tanning devices like sunbeds, there is a possibility that your weight could also put you at risk.

Obesity is already an established risk factor in the development of various types of cancer, such as breast cancer, thyroid cancer, and pancreatic cancer; there is evidence that weight could affect your chances of getting skin cancer as well. A study found that obese individuals who underwent bariatric surgery experienced a reduced risk of different kinds of cancer, including skin cancer and melanoma. Though weight loss surgery may not be in your sights, there are still ways to care for your general well-being to ensure your skin and the rest of your body is good and healthy.

Keep in shape

Losing weight has many health benefits, but taking the first step on that journey isn’t easy. Finding motivation for weight loss is its own science because if you aren’t looking at it from a positive angle it can drain your willpower. For example, chasing an unrealistic goal will likely throw you off track and diminish your drive. It helps to think of a more sustainable approach and develop a wellness program that suits you best and is easy to commit to. Rather than think of weight loss as your only end goal, focus your mindset on keeping yourself healthy overall and make good choices that reflect this mindset.

Watch your diet

There have been findings that certain foods or contaminants in food could contribute to your chances of getting skin cancer. Foods like fish and citrus were associated with an increased risk of melanoma. Though experts have cautioned people to be wary of data that needs to be investigated further, it’s still important to practice moderation in your diet and opt for healthier foods as much as possible. A properly proportioned and well-balanced food intake also helps you maintain good body weight and contributes to your overall health.

Be aware of your body

Whether you’re concerned about a new mole on your skin or how your weight might affect your everyday life, don’t be too quick to shrug it off. Pay attention to your body’s signs and signals and what they might indicate about your health. Take note of significant spikes or drops in your weight and if that mole is starting to look a little different. We also laid out some risk factors for skin cancer that can help you understand why your body is feeling and looking the way it is. If you’re still unsure about what’s happening, it’s always best to consult a professional to guide you.

The link between weight and skin cancer has yet to be further studied and analyzed, but looking after yourself by staying fit, eating well, and being aware of your body can help lower the risk of contracting the sickness. Here at NOTA, we want to ensure you’re aware of what’s going on with your skin and what you can do to prevent skin cancer. Reach out to us to find out how you can keep track of your moles from the comfort of your own home.
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