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Retinoic acid found in vitamin A can inhibit the early forms of breast cancer

Posted Apr 07 2011 3:08pm

Recent research suggests that nutrients found in both carrots and sweet potatoes may prove crucial in fighting breast cancer in its early stages.  Retinoic acid, which is found in Vitamin A, can affect the growth, proliferation and survival of cells.  Although numerous clinical trials have previously been undertaken, to date the success of Retinoic acid in fighting cancer has been inconsistent.  However, this new study has pinpointed critical aspects of Retinoic acid’s mode of action, which is a positive step forward for developing future treatments.  

The results of the research conducted at Fox Chase Cancer Centre in Philadelphia suggest that Retinoic acid can stop tumour progression in the early stages but not at later points because the genetic changes related to cancer have become too severe, and cannot be reverted.

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