Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, with 100,000 new cases developing every single year. Therefore researchers are always looking for new, effective and affordable ways of treating non-melanoma, cue broccoli.
Strange as it sounds applying broccoli directly to the skin could fight against skin cancer. Broccoli contains sulforaphane (a compound recently found to aid arthritis) that inhibits cancer causing pathways and encourages the development of chemoprotective genes.
No formal studies have been carried out yet, but a pilot study is due to begin soon; a topical broccoli sprout solution will be put on the skin of patients to assess the effectiveness of sulforaphane in the context of solar simulated light.
The researchers from the University of Arizona Cancer Centre and the John Hopkins University in Baltimore are hopeful that one day people will be able to apply a sulforaphane solution to their skin to help lower their risk of developing skin cancer.