The Prevention and Care of Radiation Damage
Starting over 100 years ago, Marie Curie, winner of two Nobel prizes, initiated the world’s first studies into the treatment of neoplasms using radioactive isotopes. The medical field of Radiation Therapy grew to be the cornerstone of cancer treatment and is still a mainstay of oncology.
Skin Damage is a Common Side Effect of Radiation Treatments
The mechanism of action of radiation is DNA mutation of cancer cells. However, X-ray, or ionizing radiation from radiotherapy also damages DNA of normal cells and the interstitium between these cells. There have been tremendous efforts and techniques to minimize the skin damage during radiation treatment for cancers like breast, prostate, lymphoma, lung, liver, mouth and throat.
How Does the Skin Become Damaged Due to Radiation Therapy?
Despite efforts to minimize skin damage, the overlying skin of radiation area is still negatively effected with:
- Decreased function and even death of fibrocytes.
- Markedly increasing basophilic degeneration of the upper dermis which stimulates cancer formation.
- Thinning the entire dermis with loss of collagen (strength), elastin (elasticity) and hyaluronic acid (thickness).
- Suppression of skin immunity increasing the probability of infection or cancer.
- Loss of capillaries (adding to the deterioration and aging of the skin by decreasing nutrient delivery).
Skin Exposed to Radiation Becomes Thin & Atrophic with Increased Chance of Cancer
Without Miracle of the Sea, the skin in and around the radiation area becomes thin and atrophic with numerous telangiectasias and discolored / blotchy with dark and light patches. This entire area then has a markedly increased chance of Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Basal Cell Carcinoma and Melanoma.
The ingredients of Natural Marine Extract reverse most of these catastrophic changes and, if used before radiation treatment, can stop them before they happen.
Treating the Skin After Radiation is Essential to the Skin's Structure
There are few traumas generating more free radical formation and subsequent inflammation than radiation does. This further destroys the skin’s normal structure and physiology. Thus, Miracle of the Sea Super Anti-Oxidant Gel is an essential supplementary topical (available soon).