By Dr. Brian McDonough


By Dr. Brian McDonough

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Drinking orange juice or eating grape fruit could lead to a slightly higher risk of melanoma, according to a new study. But, don’t toss the Tropicana just yet.

According to a study of more than 100,000 U.S. adults followed for about 25 years, those who regularly consumed orange juice or whole grapefruit had a higher risk of developing melanoma.

That’s compared to those who avoided those foods.

Now we know certain citrus foods contain particular so-called “photoactive” chemicals, namely psoralens and furocoumarins. They are known to make the skin more sensitive to the sun when they’re applied locally or topically.

The doctor’s advice? Eat a wide variety of fruits, but also avoid excessive sun exposure.

Let’s see what future studies say and remember there are obvious benefits to eating plenty of fruits.

The report is in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.