Massage therapists are oftentimes the first people to notice suspicious lesions on a client’s body and those who refer clients to a dermatologist.

According to the Society of Nuclear Medicine, a new skin-patch treatment kills most common form of skin cancer.

The customized patch treatment for basal cell carcinoma completely destroys facial tumors without surgery or major radiation therapy in 80 percent of patients studied.

There are two main types of skin cancer: melanoma, which forms deep in the cells that produce pigment in skin, and nonmelanoma cancer, such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer that affects the surface layer of the skin.

“The study is important for the field of nuclear medicine as it opens a new dimension in the field of therapeutic nuclear medicine and dermatology, especially for the treatment of skin malignancies,” says Priyanka Gupta, Ph.D., the lead of author of the study at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.

“For patients, it is beneficial because it is a simple, inexpensive and convenient procedure that does not require them to be admitted to the hospital. This may become the standard procedure for treating basal cell carcinoma or serve as an alternative when surgery and radiotherapy are not possible.”

Editor’s Note: Read the self-care article, “Skin Health: Take Steps to Prevent Cancer,” by World Skin Project President Annie Powell, in MASSAGE Magazine‘s June issue.

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