Sally Dickinson
Sally Dickinson

Chalk up another benefit of broccoli: It could help prevent skin cancer.

In this case, though, it's using a broccoli-based cream to apply to the skin, according to a news release.

Sally Dickinson, a University of Arizona cancer researcher, is exploring how a chemical component of broccoli known as sulforaphane may help prevent skin cancer caused by exposure to ultraviolet rays.

In her research, she found that the chemical is highly adaptable and highly effective in inhibiting cancer-causing pathways while activating chemoprotective genes.

Her pilot study, in collaboration with John Hopkins University, will test a topical broccoli sprout solution on the skin of patients to see if the compound is effective under solar-simulated light.