Skin cancer can be quite deceiving. It starts with a few extra innocent freckles… Or maybe that mole you’ve had for a while has started to change colour or shape… itching a bit and perhaps even bleeding every now and then.
Most types of skin cancer appear to develop over time – often over the course of years. So you’d be forgiven for not noticing it in its early stages… But if you don’t pay close attention to what is happening with your skin, the next thing you know, you could be diagnosed with a potentially serious skin cancer diagnosis.
Give me a ‘C’
The real kicker is that as we get older, finding a solution for skin cancer could get much tougher to treat.
Fortunately, it looks like a new study, published in the journal Nature, may have an answer as to why this happens – and, more importantly, what you could do about it.
For their study, researchers took skin samples from two groups of donors: one between the ages of 25 and 35 and the other between the ages 55 and 65 years old.
The researchers found that in the older age group a protein called beta-catenin was depleted. Beta-catenin has been found to help inhibit the invasion of melanoma cells. Without this protein, the skin is unable to help prevent the cancer from spreading.
This could possibly explain why mainstream treatments frequently stop working for older skin cancer patients.
The good news is that these researchers also found something that did appear to work.
It’s safe, it’s natural and the researchers of this latest study found that it could potentially herald a breakthrough in the fight against melanoma.
I’m talking about one of the most powerful antioxidants around: glutathione.
Glutathione is converted from N-acetylcysteine (NAC). In the study, NAC appeared to actually help destroy the melanoma cells in the older patients. And that’s awfully promising for the many people who are looking for safe, effective alternatives.
If you want to pick up NAC, which is also a great immune system booster, you can get it online or at most health stores.
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Aging impacts therapeutic response of melanoma cells, sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160404134025.htm
MELANOMA CELLS BEHAVE DIFFERENTLY DEPENDING ON AGE OF SKIN, wistar.org/wistar-today/wistar-wire/2016-04-04/melanoma-cells-behave-differently-depending-age
Aging Impacts Therapeutic Response of Melanoma Cells, wistar.org/news-and-media/press-releases/aging-impacts-therapeutic-response-melanoma-cells