Scientists Launch an Electronic Sticking Plaster to Treat Skin Cancer

Scientists Launch an Electronic Sticking Plaster to Treat Skin CancerScientists today uncovered an electronic sticking plaster to treat skin cancer at the Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.

The light-emitting device is known as Ambulight PDT and can be worn by patients anywhere while they move around thereby reducing the time spent in hospitals, making the treatment more comfortable and avoids scarring.

Professor Ifor Samuel, who developed the device, quoted, "It could speed up treatment because at present only a few places have the specialist equipment and they can only treat a limited number of people."

Skin cancer joins the list of the most common types of cancer in the UK, with rates touching a double value every eight to 10 years.

The 2in (5cm) light-emitting device is revealed to get powered using an iPod-sized charger for about three hours prior to its use.

The device glows as it extends photodynamic therapy (PDT), a photochemical reaction that operates to kill the tumour.