Cancer Treatment Centers of America Physician Highlights Foods to Combat Melanoma

Cancer Treatment Centers of America Physician HighlightsFoods to Combat Melanoma

CTCA identifies Melanoma fighting fruits, seeds and vegetables


Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s Melanoma Specialist, Dr. Walter Quan, has named the four foods that can help reduce a patient’s risk of developing melanoma. In an effort to help individuals manage their health and well being, Dr. Quan uses this list of foods to encourage patients to reduce their risk of developing melanoma. Foods that may reduce the risk of melanoma are listed below as well as the specific nutrients found in each food.

Citrus Fruits

  • Lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruits
  • High content of vitamin C
  • Contain antioxidants to protect cells from changes that lead to skin cancer


  • Contain glutathione that discourages the development of skin cancer
  • Eating three or four avocados per week can help reduce skin damage

Pumpkin Seeds

  • Contains vitamin E
  • Vitamin E is necessary for healthy skin


  • Contains beta-carotene and allows the body to produce vitamin A
  • Vitamin Ahas been linked to a reduced risk of sunburn, which can reduce the risk of skin cancer
  • Sweet potatoes and cantaloupe also contain beta-carotene

About Cancer Treatment Centers of America Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) is a national network of hospitals providing a comprehensive, fully integrated approach to cancer treatment. CTCA serves patients with complex cancer from all 50 states at facilities located in suburban Chicago, Philadelphia, Tulsa and suburban Phoenix. Known for delivering the Mother Standard® of care and Patient Empowerment Medicine®, CTCA provides patients with information about cancer and their treatment options so they can control their treatment decisions. For more information about CTCA, go to

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