What Are Some Uses for Cansema Black Topical Salve?


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Cansema black topical salve is an alternative treatment for several types of skin cancer, states AltCancer.com. However, the distribution and sale of Cansema black salve is in violation of laws, warns the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Black salve ointment and deep tissue salves have traditionally been used to treat cancers such as melanomas, basal cell cancers, squamous cell carcinomas, sarcomas and other types of superficial and deep skin cancers, notes AltCancer.com. Black salve contains bloodroot, zinc chloride and some other substances. When applied directly as a paste, proponents of Cansema claim it can destroy the tumor in two to four weeks. Cansema can reduce the size of the eschar, control pain and decrease drainage, inflammation and edema, according to AltCancer.com. The salve has been in use since the late 19th century and is inexpensive. Cansema is the brand name of the ointment generically known as black salve.

The effectiveness of Cansema black salve is unproven and unsubstantiated by clinical trials or studies. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has included Cansema in a list of fake cancer cures that consumers should avoid. No data is available and no controlled clinical trial has been published demonstrating any relevant clinical efficacy of the application of Cansema topical black salve for the treatment of skin cancers, concluded a study published in Dermatology Practical and Conceptual in 2014.

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