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Broccoli and Melanoma Treatment

Compound Found to Kill Skin Cancer Cells

Scientists are investigating whether humble broccoli could help to treat melanoma.

Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer. It only accounts for 5% of skin cancer cases, but causes more than three quarters of skin cancer deaths.  It is most often caused by sun exposure and cases are on the rise both in UK and USA.

Broccoli and Melanoma

A compound based on naturally occurring isothiocyanates – similar to one in broccoli, kale and cauliflower – was found to inhibit the growth of melanoma cells by around 69% on tests in mice.

An team of researchers, led by Penn State College of Medicine, tested variations of the compound, which is known to have cancer-fighting properties. Results suggested a compound which could block the growth of cancer tumours.However, experts said there was not enough of the compound in vegetables to destroy cancer cells; so patients should not be misled into thinking that eating broccoli would help to treat melanoma.

A British Skin Foundation spokesperson said the findings were promising. Consultant dermatologist Dr Nisith Sheth said:

“There have been great advances in the targeted treatment of advanced melanoma in the last few years.

“This is another potentially exciting avenue to find therapies which can treat this potentially deadly cancer with minimal collateral damage to healthy tissue.

“It’s in it’s early stages and it will be very interesting to see how this story unfolds.”

Melanoma Advice

The best approach to melanoma is:

  1. Prevention – avoiding the sun’s harmful UV rays as much as possible by staying out of the peak sun hours, wearing clothing to cover up when out and always wearing a high protection sunscreen
  2. Checking – carrying out regular top to toe skin checks to spot any worrying moles or blemishes, which could be melanoma. The ABCDE rule applies. If in doubt, get it checked by a GP asap
  3. Early treatment – if there are any concerns, surgery at the early stages gives excellent outcomes in terms of treating melanoma.  However, melanoma becomes very difficult to treat if it is allowed to spread to other areas

Mole Removal Doctors

If the mole is deemed to be ‘safe’, then removal on the NHS is now quite unlikely as it will be classed as a cosmetic issue.

Many adults therefore choose private mole removal clinics for treatment. For some this is about peace of mind, for others it is purely an aesthetic issue.

Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer mole removal in London and Bristol with qualified and experienced doctors. Moles are removed using the latest surgical techniques including laser mole removal; with techniques designed to minimise scarring and make the procedure entirely painless.

For more information or to book a consultation, please complete the form on this web page or call 020 7386 0464.