Actinic keratosis presents as a small rough spot on skin chronically exposed to the sun. It is considered precancerous and can develop into a skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma, a process that typically takes years. Actinic keratoses occur most frequently in fair-skinned people. Common locations are the face, scalp, back of the neck, upper chest, forearm and back of the hand. Treatment is with cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen is sprayed onto the lesion) or Curaderm.
In 1979 Dr. Bill Cham, Ph.D. of Western Australia became interested in a local legend that a plant called Devil’s Apple (Solanum linnaeanum) could cure eye cancer in cattle. Over the next many years Dr. Cham managed to isolate the active compounds which turned out to be solasodine rhamnosyl glycosides (solosonine and solamargine). These compounds are most available in the common egg plant. To make a long story short, Dr. Cham has proven beyond any doubt that these compounds cure actinic keratosis as well as squamous cell and basal cell carcinomas without surgery. They act by being selectively absorbed by abnormal cells(while not affecting normal cells) and inducing the cells to destroy themselves by rupture of an intracellular structure called a lysosome. As the cells die they are replaced by normal cells producing an almost perfect cosmetic result. This product is marketed in cream form and is called “Curaderm BEC5.” Twelve weeks of twice daily application produces 100% cure of these two cancers as well as actinic keratosis.