Skin Cancer – Melanoma
A rare and serious form of cancer, melanoma begins in the skin and can spread to other organs in the body. In most cases, melanomas have an irregular shape and more than one colour; they may also be larger than normal moles and can be itchy or even bleed. Melanomas can appear anywhere on the body, but most often the back, legs, arms and face are affected.
Though melanoma is relatively rare, it is, however, becoming more common. Melanoma is one of the most common cancers in people aged 15-34 and is also responsible for most skin cancer deaths.
If you have had melanoma in the past, there is a chance it may return and the risk is increased if your previous cancer was widespread and severe.
If your health practitioner believes there is a significant risk of your melanoma returning, you will probably need regular check-ups to monitor your health. The condition is not always preventable, but you can reduce your chances of developing the condition by avoiding overexposure to UV light.
Be sure to protect yourself from sun damage by using sunscreen and wearing appropriate clothing in the sun. You should also avoid sunbeds and sunlamps and bear in mind that regularly checking your moles and freckles can help lead to an early diagnosis and increase your chances of successful treatment.
The first sign of melanoma skin cancer is a change in the shape, color, size, or feel of an existing mole. Melanoma may also appear as a new mole. Thinking of ‘ABCDE’ (see below) can help you remember what to look for:
- Asymmetry: The shape of one half does not match the other half.
- Border that is irregular: The edges are often ragged, notched, or blurred in outline, and he pigment may spread into the surrounding skin.
- Color that is uneven: Shades of black, brown, and tan may be present, as well as areas of white, gray, red, pink, or blue.
- Diameter: There is a change in size, usually an increase. Melanomas can be tiny, but most are larger than the size of a pea (larger than six millimeters or about 1/4 inch).
- Evolving: The mole has changed over the past few weeks or months.
A melanoma is a result of cells in the skin beginning to develop abnormally; although the cause of this is unknown it is thought an exposure of ultraviolet (UV) light from natural or artificial sources may be partially responsible.
On top of this, a number of factors can increase your chances of developing melanoma, such as having pale skin that burns easily, red or blonde hair, lots of freckles or moles, or a family member who has had the condition.
Curcumin – A plant pigment that gives turmeric its bright yellow shade, curcumin has been praised for its healing qualities for centuries in Asia. Laboratory tests have shown the ingredient to be able to induce self-destruction of melanoma skin cancer cells, and it can also act as a potent antioxidant and may prevent nitrosamine formation and inhibit aflatoxin production – two processes associated with an increased cancer risk.
Carotenoids – Eat a diet rich in foods that deliver carotenoids; you can find the ingredient in red, orange and green vegetables and it can significantly increase sunburn protection. Try fruits and vegetables such as carrots, cantaloupe, sweet potato, tomatoes, kale, spinach and collard greens as a diet rich in carotenoids may help protect the skin against harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
Avoid Too Much Protein – Scottish doctor John Beard discovered the body’s primary defence against proliferating cancer cells is pancreatin – a mix of enzymes which also aid in the digestion of proteins. Diets rich in protein force pancreatic enzymes to focus on the digestion of protein rather than on the eradication of cancer. While a certain amount of protein is necessary for the proper functioning of the body, excessive amounts should be avoided to reduce your skin cancer risk.
Cut Down on Alcohol – Frequent intake of alcohol has been linked with an increased risk of several types of cancer, including melanoma. It’s believed that as alcohol is converted into acetaldehyde in the body — a chemical that also causes hangovers — and that this chemical induces DNA damage which can lead to skin cancer. The higher and the more frequent the intake of alcohol, the higher the risk of cancer, but be aware that it’s believed even small amounts of alcohol can increase the risk of cancer
Enjoy Raspberries – Ellagic acid has shown to be useful in the battle against skin cancer. According to research, ellagic acid is capable of clearing carcinogenic substances by activating detoxifying enzymes in the liver. Ellagic acid, found in raspberries, has also been shown to boost the immune system, to induce normal self-destruction of cancerous cells, and destroy skin cancer causing free radicals.
Reduce Intake of Fat – A high dietary intake of animal fat has been associated with an increased risk of cancer. One particular compound that seems to play a major role in this context is arachidonic acid, found in fatty red meats, egg yolks and organ meats. This omega-6 fatty acid has been shown to enhance cancer growth and to facilitate its spread within the body
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
Research suggests that a sufficient, long-term intake of vitamin C and vitamin E can reduce the sunburn reaction to UVB irradiation, thereby contributing to a lowered risk of skin cancer.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here kevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
- . Find out more by clicking here.
- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitionerhere.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here (link) or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healingwww.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigongwww.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFTwww.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stresswww.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workoutwww.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effectivewww.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Natural remedy for moles www.homeveda.com/beauty-and-wellness/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-moles.html
Natural skin cancer cures www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ob2fuMc9Hyk
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Further Information (links and books)
Complementary and alternative therapies in managing cancer:onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.3322/canjclin.49.6.362/full
Anti-cancer benefit of white tea extract: nccam.nih.gov/research/results/spotlight/092110.htm
Eggplant/aubergine cures skin cancer:www.naturalnews.com/027506_eggplant_skin_cancer.html
Many sunscreens increase risk of skin cancer:www.naturalnews.com/032996_sunscreen_cancer_risk.html
Ginger effective against cancer: www.digitaljournal.com/pr/819219
Herbs to stop skin cancer www.livestrong.com/article/129635-herbs-stop-skin-cancer/
Three herbs for skin cancer altmedicine.about.com/od/cance1/a/skin_cancer.htm
Omega 3 supplements beneficial for skin cancer www.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/news/display/?id=9593
Ellagic acid cancer treatment www.cancertutor.com/Cancer/EllagicAcid.html
Skin cancer diet for preventing melanoma www.healwithfood.org/skincancer/diet.php
Skin cancer fighting foods and nutrition tips www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/healthy-eating/nutrition/skin-cancer-fighting-foods/
Natural Cancer Cures[Kindle Edition] T of the Doctors’ Prescription for Healthy Livingwww.amazon.com/Natural-Cancer-Cures-ebook/dp/B005T12IDC/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1364217031&sr=1-2&keywords=natural+cancer+cure
US study suggests exercise cuts skin cancer risk news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4764535.stm
Exercise linked to reduced skin cancer www.livescience.com/759-exercise-linked-reduced-skin-cancer-risk.html
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
Andrea Butje | Aromahead [email protected] – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt [email protected] – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA [email protected] – meditation, stress
judith hoad [email protected] – herbalist.
Kath May [email protected] – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges [email protected] – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika [email protected] – aromatherapy.
Rakesh [email protected] – Ayurvedic Practitioner.