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International Healthcare News: Skin cancer 'could be treated with sap'

Expatriate healthcare customers might be interested to know that a traditional medicine has been proven effective in treating certain types of skin cancers.

The sap of Euphorbia peplus is capable of killing non-melanoma skin cancer cells when applied to the skin.

Indeed, after just one month, 41 of the 48 skin cancer lesions studied showed a complete clinical response, research published in the British Journal of Dermatology revealed.

A complete clinical response means that the tumour had completely gone and was not visible on clinical examination.

Even 15 moths later, 68.5 per cent of skin cancer lesions still showed this complete response.

However, expatriate healthcare customers might want to wait until larger studies are conducted before seriously considering the treatment.

Kimberley Carter of the British Association of Dermatologists commented: "This is a very small test group so it will be interesting to see what larger studies and the development of the active ingredient in E.peplus sap will reveal."

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