No sunscreen? Try using broccoli
A compound found in broccoli might be able to help prevent skin cancer, according to cancer researchers.
In 2005, Sally Dickinson, research assistant professor in the Pharmacology Department at the University of Arizona Cancer Center, began researching the cancer-fighting properties of broccoli. Dickinson has found that broccoli can help inhibit cancer-causing pathways.
Now, Dickinson has teamed up with researchers from John Hopkins University to find out how this cancer-fighting compound in broccoli could help prevent skin cancer, which is the most common cancer in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society.
In an upcoming study, the research team is planning on applying a “topical broccoli sprout solution” directly onto the skin of a group of patients to find out its effects when the skin is exposed to light.
The compound under study, called sulforaphane, is safe for both topical and oral administration, researchers said.
Evidence has shown that sulforaphane is effective in blocking sunburns. Researchers said even though there is a lot of awareness about the importance of sunscreen, there are still too many cases of skin cancer every year. Researchers said they hope this study can confirm that broccoli can also be proven to help prevent skin cancer.