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Six Skin Cancer Risks You've Never Heard Before

Reader's Digest Logo By Karyn Repinski of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 9: Some sour news for citrus lovers: People who consumed citrus, like orange juice or a grapefruit, at least once a day had a 36 percent higher skin cancer risk compared with those who consumed citrus fewer than two times a week, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, which followed more than 100,000 adults for 25 years. Citrus foods contain compounds that make skin more photosensitive. But there’s no need to reduce your intake, says lead researcher Abrar Qureshi, MD, MPH, chair of the department of dermatology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University—just reduce your sun exposure, especially in the few hours after eating citrus. These are strange reasons you got sunburned without realizing it.

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Some sour news for citrus lovers: People who consumed citrus, like orange juice or a grapefruit, at least once a day had a 36 percent higher skin cancer risk compared with those who consumed citrus fewer than two times a week, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, which followed more than 100,000 adults for 25 years. Citrus foods contain compounds that make skin more photosensitive. But there’s no need to reduce your intake, says lead researcher Abrar Qureshi, MD, MPH, chair of the department of dermatology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University—just reduce your sun exposure, especially in the few hours after eating citrus. These are strange reasons you got sunburned without realizing it.
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