Stop signal discovered for skin cancer

A new understanding what stops a common form of skin cancer from developing could make new cancer treatments and prevention available to the public in five years. An international team of scientists led by Melbourne researchers has discovered a gene that helps protect the body from squamous cell cancer (SCC) of the skin. The Cancer Council estimates that two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer before the age of 70 with SCC being one of the most common forms.

Prof Stephen Jane and Dr Charbel Darido, Department of Medicine at the Alfred Hospital, Monash University

Cancer Cell

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