Scientists Isolate Skin Cancer Gene

Scientists may some day be able to block the effects of a skin cancer gene.

Talk about a breakthrough for skin cancer patients: Researchers at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research found that a specific gene, P-Rex1, has to be present for malignant melanoma—deadly skin cancer—to spread in a patient. If scientists can create a drug that blocks the effects of P-Rex1, they may be able to prevent melanoma from spreading. In a word: Wow.

No matter what advancements come in the future, slather on the sunscreen every day (yes, rain or shine!). Sun damage inevitably speeds aging, so you can count on wrinkles if you don't protect that beautiful skin!

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