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Natural fruit and vegetable substance stops skin cancer cells

Posted on: April 16, 2013

(NaturalNews) Not all skin cancers are life-threatening but there is one form — melanoma — which is difficult to treat successfully and can be deadly. A type of cancer that begins in melanocytes (cells that make the pigment melanin), it can start in a mole (skin melanoma), but can also begin in other pigmented tissues, such as in the eye or even the intestines. According to the National Cancer Institute, almost 77,000 new cases of melanoma are expected to be diagnosed in the US this year.

Currently, there is no single therapeutic agent or combination treatment available to treat all melanomas. About 9,480 Americans are predicted to die in 2013 from this malignancy which can spread throughout the body. But there’s good news on the research front about the disease. For the first time, scientists have demonstrated that a natural substance, gossypin, found in vegetables and fruits can halt melanoma cells – and they say they know why.

“We identified gossypin as a novel agent with dual inhibitory activity towards two common mutations that are the ideal targets for melanoma treatment,” Texas Biomed’s Hareesh Nair, Ph.D., who headed the research, said in a media statement. “Our results indicate that gossypin may have great therapeutic potential as a dual inhibitor of mutations called BRAFV600E kinase and CDK4, which occur in the vast majority of melanoma patients.”

Nair added that his research team’s findings “… open a new avenue for the generation of a novel class of compounds for the treatment of melanoma.”

Learn more: Natural News

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