Antioxidants May Boost Women's Risk of Skin Cancer, Study Says

Here's another reason to stay out of the sun: Women taking antioxidant supplements may actually be boosting their chances of getting skin cancer, according to a French study.

The study, published in the September issue of The Journal of Nutrition, found that taking antioxidant supplements won't protect against skin cancer and may actually increase the risk, according to a HealthDay News report.

For the study, a team of French researchers looked at the effects of antioxidant doses on skin cancer. The research was conducted as part of a larger study that looked at the effects of antioxidants on cancer and ischemic heart disease.

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The researchers assigned almost 7,900 women and more than 5,100 men to take either an oral daily capsule of antioxidant or a placebo that looked the same. The antioxidants included vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, selenium and zinc.

Researchers found the incidence of all skin cancers to be higher in the group of women that took the antioxidant.