• Has anyone heard of a connection between a fatty diet and skin cancer?

    Asked by Sunnysideup on Friday, March 29, 2013

    Has anyone heard of a connection between a fatty diet and skin cancer?

    I think all the time about what I should have been doing and maybe I wouldn't have gotten this.

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Whether you have heard of it or not doesn't make it true. Unfortunately there are lots of con men who pray on those with cancer to make a profit or achieve notoriety by making all kinds of preposterous claims. A diet high is saturated fats is unhealthy for many reasons, but skin cancer is not one of those reasons. Here are the risk factors for skin cancer from the CDC. No where in there is anything related to diet.


      over 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I know that after my diagnosis I went through the "what if" and "what did I do" stage of trying to figure out "why me". there is nothing to be gained going down this path, other then feeling guilty, which can impact your state of mind and your treatment.

      Some causes of some cancers are known, but for the most part, the medical community really doesn't have a handle on why people get the cancers they do.

      Look forward and be proactive in your treatment, best of luck and healing vibes.

      over 5 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      SueRae is right--the reasons why some cancers appear are not known. I think you'd serve yourself better to quit worrying about "why" and instead, take bold steps toward "cure & future prevention". You can do a lot of research online (being careful to retain only RELIABLE information); to learn as much as you can about your condition as it is right now. What can you do to get better? To avoid any more lesions? What are your treatment options? That sort of thing...my heart goes out to you (my husband has melanoma, too), and I wish you the best. But I think now is the time for positive action on your part, instead of beating yourself up with the "what ifs". Good luck & good mojo your way! :-)

      over 5 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      Stop trying to figure out the puzzle of the past. Work on the puzzle of the future. The future you can affect.....not the past.

      And even if you were able to find a reason, you can't do anything about it now so its of absolutely no use to waste time on it. There are legions of researchers out there trying to figure out why. Our job, at this very minute, is to survive. Spend your energy on that.

      over 5 years ago
    • Kathy's Avatar

      You know what, I love your profile picture. Always makes me want to have some eggs!! Just wanted you to know that.

      over 5 years ago
    • StrongSteph's Avatar

      Wondering why is so human and I think most people do this. In the middle of treatment I told myself to focus on the fight! The past is the past..


      over 5 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Dear Sunnysideup,

      Hi. I'm Aliza. I'm a Breast Cancer patient and also a Medical Librarian who gives advice (usually non-medical), referrals to various sources, and research here on this site and elsewhere.

      Re your question, I have to say, from my own personal experience I have not heard of this, I would have to research it. From further personal experience, I can tell you that my late mother had melanoma, but it was caught and removed very early and my mother was fine and didn't require any other treatment other than surgical intervention. She lived until age 84 and died of a Cerebral Hemorrhage brought about, unfortunately by a type of dementia.

      The reason for my Mom's melanoma was the sun. Her father, my grandfather, had a cabana in Atlantic Beach, Long Island, near NYC, where we would all go in the summer to swim and to get suntanned. This is in the days when suntan lotion was geared toward helping you get a tan (or you used baby oil and a reflector). Long story short both of my parentsz had skin cancer - as mentioned, my mom had melanoma, my late father had basal cell carcinoma on his legs and had to have Mohs surgery. He ultimately died from CLL. Both of my parents were very thin people and watched their fat intake if that means anything.

      I think we all worry (with respect to our respective types of cancer) whether if we hadn't done this or that, we wouldn't have gotten it. It seems to me that it's a pretty normal thing to do. It's probably also a waste of good time because the researchers out there cannot even figure out all the causes. The best thing I can think of for skin cancer (and I have Lupus so I do this automatically) is stay out of the sun, and when you go out, wear high SPF moisturizer or sun lotion (I wear the moisturizer under my makeup). It's nice when the makeup has an SPF as well. Even wear sunblock on your hands because that's where my mom had her melanoma.

      Don't beat yourself up. Your cancer isn't caused by anything dietary. Watch the sun and even fluorescent lighting - that gives off UV rays as well, so even when you're where that is wear a sunblock with an SPF.

      Thanks for an interesting question!

      Warm wishes,

      over 5 years ago
    • melanomamama's Avatar

      I know how you feel. I have heard so often that sugar "feeds" cancer, that I asked my oncologist, a melanoma researcher about diet. He says there is no correlation, and that "eating a cookie will not affect the course of your cancer." He recommends a Mediterranean diet for overall health, but not as a cure.
      I am a member of a cancer support group in which, whenever somebody goes into the would-have, should-have, could-haves about possibly causing their own cancer, another woman will always pipe up, "We did not cause our cancer." Although I got frequent blistering sunburns as a child, I choose to listen to woman number two. We were naive back then about the harmful effects of sun exposure, so I cannot waste energy by assigning blame. For me, it boils down to the wise advice in the Serenity Prayer about having the courage to change things that can be changed, but accepting the things that cannot be changed. But you can bet that now, in sunlight, I cover up in white and I wear broad-brimmed hats!
      Constance Emerson Crooker

      over 5 years ago
    • Sunnysideup's Avatar

      Thanks for the feedback, I just get crazy every now and then thinking about this crap.

      over 5 years ago

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