Curry and Cancer

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The BBC reported recently about new medical research in the fight against bowel cancer.

A report claims that Curcumin (a chemical found in curry spice ‘Turmeric’) is being tested to see how successful it could be in helping kill bowel tumours in patients.

It is already known that Curcumin has a range of other health benefits and the latest research is generating excitement amongst those involved with the fight against cancer.

The BBC reports that “Studies have already shown that it can beat cancer cells grown in a laboratory and benefits have been suggested in stroke and dementia patients as well.

The spice is set to be trialed in Leicester, England along side chemotherapy drugs to investigate the possibility of a combined treatment.

Bowell cancer is one of the most common cancers found in the UK and roughly 40,000 people are diagnosed with the disease each year.

In some cases, if the disease is not caught early enough, the disease can spread through the body making the disease more difficult to treat. Advances in chemotherapy and surgery are helping prolong life expectancy of patients though, and in some cases patients can go into remission, cancer is still major problem for the NHS in the UK and tumour surgery comes with risks, as with any major operation.

The BBC report that Forty patients at Leicester Royal Infirmary and Leicester General Hospital will take part in the trial, which will compare the effects of giving Curcumin pills seven days before starting standard chemotherapy treatment.

More information on the BBC article here: Curry chemical’s ability to fight cancer put to the test

Article by Simon Lucas.