Plants that fight cancer?

Cancer is not a new phenomenon, it was already described in V / IV in BC by Hippocrates (460-370 BC) 1 Contrary to popular beliefs and “knowledge from the Internet has not been able to prove that vitamin C fights cancer. Perhaps administering vitamin C may be helpful in chemotherapy. In 2012, there were 8.2 million deaths related to cancer and about 14 million new cases. 


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The number of new cancers is expected to increase by around 70% over the next two decades. In men, lung, prostate, colon, stomach and liver were diagnosed most frequently. In women, breast, colon, lung, cervix and stomach. 2 


Probably the most well-known anti-cancer drug of plant origin is Paclitaxel (Taxol®). The cytotoxic activity of this taxane diterpene is known at least since the 1970s (first scientific descriptions). The active ingredient is found in the bark extracts of Taxus brevifolia (short-stem Cis). Taxol was approved for use by the FDA only in 1992, initially for the treatment of metastatic ovarian cancer. It is one of the best-selling medicines. In 2002, the sale of taxol and camptothecin (known in Poland as topotecan), a topoisomerase I DNA inhibitor, amounted to over 2.75 billion dollars. 



Unfortunately, cannabis (Cannabis sativa L. var. Indica) and cannabis (Cannabis sativa L. var. Sativa) – they promise a lot, and they do not really do much. There is a lot of in vitro research on this subject, and very few show that cannabis helps fight cancer. Rather, it is suggested that smoking marijuana may promote lung cancer. 5-6 It is estimated that the risk of lung cancer increases by 8% for each subsequent year of marijuana smoking and by 7% for each subsequent year of smoking. 

For now, there are many reports of the treatment of cancer by these or those plants, but in fact most of these observations come from in vitro studies and often find no reference to the human system. 


You can read also: 10 Ways to protect yourself from cancer

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