An Allergy Antibody known as Immunoglobulin E, or IgE, may protect the skin against cancer, according to new study led by scientists at Imperial College, London. IgE is a component of the immune system that triggers allergic reactions. The research highlights previously unknown skin defences – and could open avenues for developing new skin cancer treatments. The early-stage study, published in the journal Nature Immunology, may also provide clues into why allergies are on the rise. Estimates suggest 44 per cent of Britons now suffer from at least one allergy – but the reasons behind the increase are unknown. The
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