11/07/2005 - Curcumin, the yellow pigment found in the curry spice turmeric, inhibits melanoma cell growth and kills tumour cells, shows a new study.
Previous studies have already demonstrated that the spice has an anti-cancer effect.
The new research, published online today (DOI: 10.1002/cncr.21216) and scheduled for the 15 August print issue of Cancer, also reveals how curcumin acts against this type of tumour.
Incidence of melanoma, or skin cancer, is increasing rapidly in countries like the UK, where there are more than 70,000 cases of melanoma and non-melanoma reported each year. Malignant melanoma affects over 7,000 people in the UK with 1,600 deaths a year.