Researchers Study Natural Products That May Prevent Cancer

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Cancer Treatment and Folk Medicine

Researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center have been awarded a $1 million grant by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to study properties of a folk medicine and a food spice that show promise in reducing the risk of some cancers, including prostate, colorectal and breast, and enhancing cancer treatment.

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The folk medicine propolis and the food spice turmeric are rich in plant polyphenolic compounds that exhibit potent antitumor activities. Caffeic Acid Phenethyl Ester (CAPE) is the major active ingredient in propolis, a resinous substance collected by bees from the bark and leaves of trees and plants. Propolis extracts have been used since ancient times as antibacterial and anti-inflammatory remedies and in more recent studies CAPE has protected mice against radiation induced inflammation and skin damage and rats against certain forms of heart muscle damage following chemotherapy treatment.

Curcumin is the yellow pigment of the spice turmeric. Based on studies that that showed dramatically reduced rates of colon cancer in populations with diets

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