What is Skin Cancer?
Skin cancer is when the skin cells begin to abnormally grow beyond the normal boundaries of their design. Any abnormal growth of skin cells is considered skin cancer, but only two are considered malignant. Skin cancer can be categorized into 3 main types:
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
In addition to experiencing itching and changes in skin as described above, there are five keys of skin cancer symptoms (called the ABCDE’s) that can help you recognize skin cancer early. Doctors recommend performing regular head-to-toe checks while keeping an eye out for these five ABCDE’s of skin tumors:
A (Asymmetry): If you draw a line through the middle of the mole or lesion on your skin, if the two halves are not symmetrical this is a sign that the tumor may be malignant.
B (Border): Non-malignant tumors will typically have a smooth, regular border. Whereas, the border of an early melanoma will generally be jagged or uneven.
C (Color): A tumor of only one color is a good sign because melanomas are known for being a variety of colors; particularly shades of black, brown, and tan. They may also be blue, red and other colors.
D (Diameter): As a rule of thumb, non-malignant skin cancers are smaller than ¼ inch in diameter. Melanomas are usually larger in diameter, so keep an eye on anything that is larger.
E (Evolving): If the tumor changes in color, elevation, size, or shape and if any newsymptom arises (bleeding, crusting, itching, etc.) then it could be dangerous.
Black Raspberry seed oil – Fruit seeds rich in antioxidants are widely known to contain anticancer properties.
Black raspberry seed is a little different because it not only helps overcome cancer because of its immune boosting properties, but it actually targets the tumor itself! This makes raspberry seed oil a particularly potent alternative for prevention and treatment.
Eggplant extract – As described in a study published in Cancer Letters, a cream with a 10 percent concentration of solasodine rhamnosyl glycosides (BEC) has been clinically proven as an effective treatment for keratosis, basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas.
Used since 1825, BEC (or extracts from the Solanaceae plant family) is thought to be an effective natural remedy for malignant and benign skin cancers and includes extracts from eggplants, tomatoes, potatoes, bell peppers and tobacco.
Myrrh oil – Since recorded history myrrh has been used to treat a wide range of diseases. At one point in history, myrrh was so precious that its value was determined by its weight in gold!
There is limited research on the use of myrrh; however, I found two studies that showed myrrh caused the death of cancer cells! In one study they showed it effective against prostate cancer, and in the other they used it against five strains of cancer, and it proved especially effective in helping to fight breast and skin cancer cells.
Rich in sesquiterpenoid and curzerene, myrrh essential oil is generally safe for all skin types to apply neat (with no carrier). For sensitive skin, you may apply it with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, directly on tumors.
Frankincense oil – Frankincense oil has taken the research world by storm. Like myrrh, frankincense, has been used for thousands of years and is one of the most rare natural healing agents on the planet. Several (major) clinical studies have been recently published proving its ability to help combat various cancers, including breast, bladder and skin tumors.