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A Days Worth of {Delicious} Recipes for Skin Cancer Prevention

kale dipLoaded with phytonutrients, this triple pepper kale dip may play a role in skin cancer prevention.

I’ve been celebrating Celiac Awareness all month long, but there is another important celebration going on in May that is near and dear to my heart, and that is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.  I hope you will celebrate with me by trying some of my favorite antioxidant and phytonutrient rich recipes, that are not only delicious, but may also play a role in skin cancer prevention.

As a blue-eyed blonde {ahem…with a little help from my hairdresser these days}, with a history of tanning in my late teens/early 20’s, several dysplastic moles and one basal cell skin cancer in my not so distant past, skin cancer prevention is always on my mind.

With this said, I urge everyone to see your physician or dermatologist for an annual skin cancer check, since both basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are almost always curable with early detection, and even localized {non-spreading} melanoma, a more serious form of skin cancer, has a 98 % cure rate when treated early.

So, PLEASE, be sure and get your skin checked! And be sure to review The Skin Cancer Foundation website for more important information on risk factors, detection, and prevention of both non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers.

While the research regarding nutrition, and skin cancer prevention is far from conclusive, there is some evidence that foods high in antioxidants and phytonutrients, including lutein, lycopene, carotenoids, epicatechin, quercetin, and Vitamin E, have shown promise as photoprotectants in clinical, animal and cell culture studies. In addition, two very interesting recent studies, one human and one animal, showed the potential for caffeine {or caffeine combined with exercise} to play a role in skin cancer prevention.  As a coffee and tea junkie lover, all I can say is more good news!

Foe more reading/research links:

And, now on to the recipes…

Foods that may help prevent skin cancer: A Full Day’s Worth of {Delicious} Cancer Fighting Recipes

Cilantro, Tomato, Green Onion Baked Eggs

Cilantro, Tomato, and Green Onion Baked Eggs {Breakfast}

Key nutrients: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, lutein, lycopene, quercetin, zeaxanthin

pumpkin pesto bruschettaPumpkin Pesto Bruschetta {Appetizer}

Key Nutrients: vitamin-C, vitamin-E, carotenoids, lutein, zeaxanthin

lemony kale past and pistachio saladLemony Kale Pasta and Pistachio Salad {Lunch/Dinner}

Key Nutrients: vitamin-A, vitamin-C, carotenoids, lutein, zeaxanthin

cinnamon almond mochaCinnamon Almond Mocha {Dessert}

Key Nutrients: caffeine

Note:  If you are sensitive to caffeine later in the day {like me}, you’ll definitely want to consume the caffeinated version earlier in the day, as I don’t want to be held accountable for keeping you up all night 🙂

For more good information on nutrition and cancer research in general, please check out The American Institute for Cancer Research {AICR}.

Were you aware that May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month?  Do you know your risk factors for skin cancer? Do you eat a diet high in phytochemicals and antioxidants? Are you a coffee and tea lover like me???

24 thoughts on “A Days Worth of {Delicious} Recipes for Skin Cancer Prevention”

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  2. This is a great post and reminder to get checked annually and to be vigilant with proactive measures. I love that one of those measures involves eating tasty food like the ones you listed here!

  3. I’m so glad you’re raising awareness about such an important issue! As a fair-skinned Irish lass, my family has a HUGE history of skin cancer. I’m doing my best to prevent it, and these recipes are a great help!

  4. This is such great information!! Really great post about something really important to all of us. I was huge lay-out-in-the-sun girl for decades, but finally really watch it now. But eating for my skin is a great way to support change too. thanks!

  5. Every looks delicious! I’ll take two or each! I’m a brunette with middle-eastern blood and I suppose I don’t worry about this subject as my fair-skinned friends do. I still wear sunscreen and a hat, especially since I’ve always lived in sunny states: So California, Arizona, Texas & Florida. Thanks for the reminder that we all need to take care of our skin.

  6. Love the recipes and links, EA. And I didn’t know it was skin cancer awareness month. Is it world-wide? I was raised in Florida but have lived i the Scotland for nearly 25 years. I have sun damage on my chest and arms but luckily I was smart enough to keep face covered. My Dad had melanoma and my sis gets a lot of moles removed so I think I was lucky in my move north.There has tobe some compensation for tour grey, drizzly weather! My daughter is very sun sensible and doesn’t sit in the sun at all. Good girl. I could learn a lot from her.

  7. such an important message – thanks for sharing it with your readers! and of course, your food always looks delicious. i remember that lemony kale pasta from when your first posted it – still need to try it soon!

  8. Nice post, friend! I was NOT aware it was skin cancer awareness month! I have had a skin assessment semi-recently however, I think I cold use another one :(. I am loving the kale pepper dip and the pumpkin bruschetta. ..they are so crisp,clean and refreshing, I want to gobble them up right now! I LOVE all the positive research on caffeine especially from coffee! Happy Memorial DAY!!!!

    1. Thank you Teri! I know, right?-Such interesting research on the possible role of caffeine in skin cancer prevention! Hope you had a wonderful Memorial weekend and awesome 1/2 marathon!!

  9. What a fabulous post…with all sorts of healthy and delicious suggestions! My lily white, Irish skin has a ton of skin damage and with a sister with melanoma, skin cancer is something I fear, too. Such beautiful photos!

  10. Because skin cancer is so prevalent in Australia (all that closeness to the hole in the ozone layer) there are clinics everywhere that do nothing but inspect skin for cancers and either cream, burn or surgically remove them. I’m not blonde or even close to it but I did play in the sun as a kid. I should get checked out.

    How can I express my gratitude for the pumpkin, pesto bruschetta?? I LOVE IT!

    The others are great too but I can just taste that bruschetta.

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