MELANOMA, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, can be held in check by a natural immune system molecule, according to research reported in the journal, Nature Medicine.
Scientists believe the research, in mice, has important implications for treating malignant and deadly skin cancer.
Each year around 12,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with melanoma and 2000 die from the disease.
Mice with melanoma were treated with white blood cells that produce the molecule, interleukin-9. They showed "profound" resistance to tumour growth.
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