Melanoma hope for sufferers

Author: Shelley Bennetts   Date Posted:8 November 2018 

Hope for Melanoma sufferers

Australia is famous for its beaches and sunny days, but our love of the beach and sun has become symptomatic of skin cancers. There are three major types of skin cancers, basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma. Malignant melanoma is a highly aggressive cancer that tends to spread to other areas of the body.


Australia has one of the highest rates of melanoma in the world, and it kills more young Australians than any other single cancer. Skin cancer diagnosis will effect over 15,000 people in Australia in 2019. Melanoma has consequently been referred to as ‘Australia’s national cancer’. Minimising sun exposure, especially in the middle of the day when the UV levels are highest, can reduce the risk of skin cancer. We should all avoid sunburn by seeking shade, wearing a hat, sunglasses, and applying SPF30+ sunscreen. But for some of us, the damage has already been done.


Melanoma is the most malignant skin cancer and is highly resistant to chemotherapy and radiotherapy.  Studies have demonstrated that curcumin can modulate multiple cell signalling pathways, therefore offering a new approach for the treatment of skin cancer. Preclinical studies have consistently shown that curcumin inhibits cancer cell growth in various cancers, including breast, cervical and pancreatic cancers. Curcumin may have an effective anti-tumoral effect and provide a promising treatment for skin cancer.


Turmeric is increasingly shown to have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-neoplastic (tumour) properties. Its active constituent, curcumin, is showing great promise in the treatment and severity of symptoms of dermatologic diseases. These include psoriasis and melanoma. The thousands of research studies being conducted across the globe indicate the possibilities for treatments using curcumin.