In a new study researchers have found harmful antioxidants may risk an individual with skin cancer. It is discovered the compounds in it boost the stretch of lethal skin cancer melanoma.
This is something contradictory as earlier the antioxidants have been touted several times for their potential cancer-fighting abilities.
Researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, in Sweden found the antioxidants may increase the rate of melanoma metastasis by two times.
In the study mice having melanoma were given an antioxidant supplement called N-acetylcysteine (NAC) for about three months and found the number of tumors spread to the lymph nodes were twice in number compared to other mice which were not given the antioxidant even having melanoma.
Lead author of the study, Martin Bergo, said the new study believes antioxidants could increase the spread of cancer in melanoma patients.
Bergo is from University of Gothenburg in Sweden.
Apart from all these, the researchers didn’t find any evidence to the theory antioxidant supplements can do any benefit to patients with melanoma.
Talking to Live Science the author said it is suggested not to take antioxidant supplements if diagnosed with malignant melanoma.
Dr Vadim Gushchin meanwhile said the findings are now in preliminary phase and more research is required on humans to examine the link.
Dr Gushchin is an oncologist at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore.