Skin Cancer Treatment: Liquorice Root May Fight Malignant Melanoma

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A compound found in liquorice root may be key to fighting malignant melanoma.

The discovery, made by experts at the University of Minnesota, slowed the growth of skin cancer cells and blocks proteins needed for cell development.

This is not the first time that the root - found in southern Europe and Asia- has been linked to cancer prevention.

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But no experts have set their sights on another liquorice chemical: Isoangustone A, which is believed to reap the same rewards, without side-effects.

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"Liquorice root is known to possess anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects," scientists report in journal Cancer Prevention Research. "We found Isoangustone A suppressed the proliferation of human melanoma cells and provides the basis for the potential development of a new agent."

According to the NHS, melanoma is relatively rare, but it is becoming more common. There are currently almost 13,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the UK.

Melanoma is one of the most common cancers in people aged 15-34 and is also responsible for most skin cancer deaths. More than 2,000 people die every year in the UK due to melanoma.