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Oranges are a type of low calorie, highly nutritious citrus fruit that offers lots of Vitamin C, it contributes to strong, clear skin, and can help lower a person’s risk of many conditions. But a new study has revealed the side effects of this popular food that may lead to skin cancer.

A new study, carried out by a team of scientists from Indiana University led by Dr. Andrew Marley published in the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD), highlighted that citrus fruits carry a substance known as psoralen which makes human skin sensitive to UV radiation and people who eat citrus fruits like oranges are at higher risk of developing deadly melanoma.

Experts from the BAD urged people to avoid regular use of such fruits if they have a family history of melanoma.

Spokesman Harriet Dalwood explained that “Citrus fruits, especially oranges and orange juice, are consumed widely in the UK. Fruit juice consumption is increasing year-on-year.

“This research could help medical professionals better advise patients who already have established risk factors such as a family history of melanoma to lower their citrus intake.”

The results of the study showed that people who had more than one glass of orange juice a day had a 54 percent increased risk of skin cancer.

Those who consumed more than one orange per day were at a 79 percent higher risk.

“This research suggests a significant increase in melanoma risk associated with a higher citrus intake,” said Dr. Marley.

What are the signs and symptoms?

The most common sign of skin cancer is a change to a mole, freckle or normal patch of skin.

It’s important to know your skin and what it looks like normally so you notice any unusual or persistent changes.

Use a mirror, or ask your partner or a friend to check the areas of your skin that you can’t see.

There are four signs and symptoms to look out for when it comes to moles:

If a new spot begins to appear or existing changes shape it could be a sign of skin cancer. It may grow quite suddenly, or change over time, but if it is asymmetrical it’s a good idea to get it checked by a doctor.

Spots that have irregular borders are a red flag sign of skin cancer. It may be a freckle or mole you’ve had for years that’s suddenly got a funny border. Or you’ve just developed an odd looking spot. Either way, see your Doctor.

Many cancerous moles will have different colours within them. Or an existing mole may have become darker. If you have a spot with different colours in it, or a mole starts to get darker, don’t risk it – speak to a doctor.

Most freckles and moles tends to be flat against the skin. If one of them suddenly becomes raised it’s a sign of skin cancer. If you naturally have a raised mole on your skin that doesn’t mean it won’t ever become cancer, so keep an eye on those too.

A change to a mole, freckle or normal patch of skin is a common sign of skin cancer, but there are also other signs to be aware of, including:

  • a new growth or sore that doesn’t heal
  • a spot, mole or sore that itches or hurts
  • a mole or growth that bleeds, crusts or scabs

If you notice any of these signs, see your Doctor. If you know anyone who has any of these symptoms, insist they see their doctor.

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