Grapefruit and Orange Juice Consumption Increase the Risk of Melanoma

People who drink large quantities of grapefruit juice or orange juice have an increased risk of malignant melanoma— according to researchers from Brown University in Rhode Island. These citrus fruits contain chemicals called psoralens that increase the skin’s sensitivity to UV light exposure. These juices are high in potassium, folate, thiamine and vitamin C, so they are important parts of a healthy diet. If you like to consume these juices, use sunscreen, wear a hat and cover vulnerable areas. Each year, physicians in the United States diagnose 76,000 new cases of melanoma and report more than 9,700 deaths. The 10-year survival rate of untreated melanoma is approximately zero. (Journal of Clinical Oncology, published online June 29, 2015)

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