Skin Cancer can be Blocked by Drug Implant

by Trilok Kapur on  December 21, 2009 at 11:41 AM Cancer News   - G J E 4
 Skin Cancer can be Blocked by Drug Implant
A drug implant that protects against skin cancer has been approved by UK health chiefs.

Known as Afamelanotide, it prevents the disease in fair-skinned people and lasts for two months, and avoids recurrence.

The implant is the size of a rice grain and is inserted in a person's "love handles" - fat at the sides of the midriff, reports the Daily Telegraph. <>
It works by mimicking body's natural defenses against harmful light and UV radiation.

It uses the power of the dark pigment eumelanin, which protects skin cells.

While US has approved the drug, it is still undergoing trials in Australia.

However, medics have warned it is a potent medicine and should not to be used for cosmetic purposes.

Source: ANI

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