London (Agencies): Scientists in a new study have said that soon a sticky tape could be used as a simple, cheap and quick tool to detect skin cancer.

The study, published in the 'British Journal of Dermatology', has revealed that the tape which is a few millimeters wide can painlessly strip tiny cells from the skin without the need for anesthetic or the risk of scarring.

The study has established that the cells can be analysed using a simple genetic screening technique to divulge whether the growth is cancerous and how dangerous it is.

Even though the research is still at an early stage but the scientists expect that eventually they may no longer be required to carry out biopsies to diagnose skin cancers, reportedly.

The scientists in the study inferred that the skin cells left on the sticky tape contain small bits of genetic information.

They established how normal skin cells contain 17 specific genes proving they are healthy but if cancer is present, these genes subtly mutate. Laboratory test of skin cells collected on the sticky tape can reveal any unusual changes in the genes that would indicate cancer.

The scientists anticipate further tests to confirm that their sticky tape works on all patients and may also be more precise than current techniques using biopsies.