Bacteria on the Skin Protect from Cancer

BigBrimHatA new study has revealed that a specific bacteria that live on the skin help protect us from developing skin cancer. These bacteria work in a very interesting way to do the job.

This particular strain helps prevent the spread of skin cancer tumors. These bacteria help interfere with normal DNA processes of melanoma tumors. Using these bacteria as a therapy proves to be nontoxic.

Good news and bad news. This was a preliminary study done on rats. So will it translate to humans? We won’t know it until we try it. But the fact remains that over 1 million people are diagnosed every year with skin cancer. We need something to stop it.

Isn’t everything in life about balance? If researchers could find a ways to  prevent skin cancer with a strain of bacteria that doesn’t flip and switch (like bacteria often do) – this could be the feat of a lifetime. Until then, SPF to the hilt and wear a big brim hat.

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