London: A radioactive "paste" could cure skin cancer in just two hours, say researchers.It can destroy tumours caused by skin cancers without surgery or conventional radiotherapy.The treatment, however, is not suitable for malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.Experts say there are minimal side effects and the treatment does not even leave a scar, the Daily Mail reported Friday.The breakthrough therapy, which has been used on 700 patients in Italy with a success rate of up to 95 percent, could be available in Britain within two years.The new technique can treat basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. These cancers affect 100,000 people in Britain every year, the newspaper said.The vast majority of those who suffer the less dangerous forms have surgery to remove the affected tissue.Other treatments include radiotherapy and "freezing" of the tumours if they are small and superficial.But an estimated three percent of patients have deep tumours that are difficult to remove surgically because they are on sensitive areas such as the eyes, nose or ears. Others cannot have surgery due to age or medical conditions.
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