Seaweed – potentially useful weapon in a fight against skin cancer.
New findings related to Skin Cancer prevention and treatment.
Skin Cancer – the size of a problem.
Statistics provided by The Skin Cancer Foundation suggests that the size of a problem might be much bigger than we think. According to their data – during the last 30 years, amount of people who faced the problem of skin cancer is bigger than amount of patients with other types of cancer combined. The most frequently diagnosed form of skin cancer is Basal cell carcinoma (BCC). Each year there are more than 4 million patients diagnosed with (BCC) in the U.S. only. Basal cell carcinoma (as well as many other types of this lethal disease) is often caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Statistically, melanoma – one of the most dangerous forms of skin cancer – causes a death of a patient every single hour (every 54min). In the U.S the survival rate of patients diagnosed with melanoma on early stage is about 98% . The same rate falls to 62% if lymph nodes are already infected, and 18 % when disease reaches distant organs through metastasises. 86% of melanoma cases are attributed to UV light exposure. Twelve states and the District of Columbia prohibit citizens under 18 years of old from using tanning treatments.
Mycosporine-like amino acid (MAA) palythine – Eco Friendly solution for Sunscreen Filters.
Scientists from King’s College in London found of how naturally made MAA are being produced and how can it be utilized in production of medicaments and cosmetics. As results have proven: MAA-like Mycosporine Amino Acid is naturally made, biodegradable compounds which can absorb UV light and protect human skin from risk of a skin cancer.
Discovery of Dr Paul Long and his colleagues has a great value not because of it’s potentially beneficial influence on health related issues only, but also because the discovery creates an environmental friendly impact on nature. As The European Chemicals Agency as well as EEAP – Environmental Effects Assessment Panel have shown, majority of traditionally made sunscreen filters in Europe are toxic for environment. Both organizations expressed concerns about current eco-toxic trends in producing sunscreen and encouraged market leaders to discover and implement eco-friendly production methods to minimize it’s negative effects on marine ecosystem.