Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Broccoli to fight melanoma?

Broccoli is well known to prevent breast and bladder cancer, but now research has found that compounds extracted from broccoli and cabbage could be used to fight melanoma. Tests on mice at the Penn Sate College of Medicine have shown that these compounds, combined with selenium, target the proteins that trigger melanoma. Drugs created from the compound inhibited tumour growth by 50 to 60 per cent in the mice. Other researchers from the Moores UCSD Cancer Centre are also having success with treating skin cancer by injecting a modified herpes virus into the melanoma. Considering two out of three of us will develop shin cancer by the time we’re 70, this is good news for our sunny country.

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