Professor Ian Frazer, the Aussie
cancer expert who discovered Gardasil
says that he is on the edge of
discovering a skin cancer vaccine.
This would potentially be a major
break through that will save the lives of many. In Australia, two out of three
people are affected by skin cancer.
Virus and Cancer
and variations in people's immune systems may expose some people to greater
risk of skin cancer after sun exposure," observed Prof. Frazer.
viruses such as the wart virus or HPV may be found embedded in the skin, which
the professor believes, may then trigger the onset of cancer.
technology exists for me to test my theory. We will go hunting for the
fingerprints of the virus or viruses," he said.
is proposed to be done by using the already available sequenced genetic
information. The process would take up to six months.
will know if a virus causes skin cancer and what virus it is. Then we can make
a vaccine straight away. If it turns out not to be a virus we would have learnt
why some people get skin cancers and others don't - it's a win-win, "the
"In my lifetime we should be able to remove the
threat of skin cancer from the next generation," said the 57-year-old
immunology professor. He indicated that a virus or a group of viruses could be
causing the disease," said Professor
Earlier, Professor Frazer identified the human papilloma virus (HPV) as the causative agent of cervical
cancer and then went on to develop Gardasil, which is a vaccine against the
group of cancers, which are obviously associated with too much sun exposure,
may be started off by a virus infection - which presents a great opportunity,
because the idea of vaccinating to prevent a cancer is enormously
appealing," he remarked.
the risk involved a lot of people still regularly indulge in sun bathing, which
is the big factor that causes skin cancer.
skin cancer vaccine, when it comes about, is a true blessing especially among a
populace where skin cancer is common.