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Update Date: Jun 14, 2017 01:07 AM EDT
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Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. Now, scientists have discovered a compound that could prevent the spread of melanoma cells. (Photo : Getty Images / American Cancer Society)

Skin cancer reduction has never been this easy before. A group of scientists has managed to generate a new sort of ointment, which creates a tan on the skin by gradually safeguarding it from the skin condition.

How Does It Work?

The drug actually tricks the surface of the skin into producing the pigment, melanin. The melanin, formed in dark brown color, protects the skin from varied cancer forms like melanoma.

According to The Independent, the pigment melanin formed by this drug ensures to resolve all harms of UV rays on the skin. It should be noted in this context that UV ray carries the most hygienic contents, which can easily generate the symptoms of skin cancer.

The drug, when applied to the skin in the form of gentle rubbing, works in the format of a wide chain of chemical reactions and ultimately creates a layer of the pigment melanin. Simultaneously, this layer activates as a natural UV blocker and disapproves the entry of all harmful particles carried by the ray over the skin which is likely to generate symptoms of skin cancer.

What Did Scientists Find Out Based On Their Study?

BBC pointed out that as for examining the effects of this innovation, the group of scientists applied this drug on ginger mice. Surprisingly, within 48 hours, the mice turned jet black.

This result evident of the creation of the natural tan generated through the pigment melanin. While describing the finding thoroughly, Professor David Fisher, the lead researcher from Massachusetts General Hospital said: "Under the microscope, it's the real melanin, it really is activating the production of pigment in a UV-independent fashion."

However, the ointment is not absolutely ready to be marketed commercially yet. Fisher later added in this regard: Our real goal is a novel strategy for protecting skin from UV radiation and cancer,"

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