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Curcumin and Breast Cancer

Posted Aug 01 2009 12:00am

If you have been on hormone replacement therapy following  the menopausal cycle, and are worried about the risk for breast cancer, there may be a solution for you.  When I say hormone replacement therapy I mean women prescribed estrogen and progestin (synthetic progesterone) used as hormone replacement therapy.

Researchers from the University of Missouri found curcumin, which is a popular Asian spice (that comes from turmeric root) to delay and reduce the incidence of hormone related tumors in studying mice.

Curcumin blocked the production of a protein called vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) which is known to support and promote hormone related tumors and other types of cancer.

Salman Hyder, professor of biomedical sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center was quoted as saying,  “Approximately 6 million women in the United States use hormone replacement therapy to treat the symptoms of menopause. This exposure to progestin will predispose a large number of post-menopausal women to future development of breast cancer. The results of our study show that women could potentially take curcumin to protect themselves from developing progestin-accelerated tumors.”

There have already been studies that show curcumin from turmeric may protect against several types of cancers. The study will be published in the journal Menopause, and is titled “Curcumin delays development of MPA-accelerated DMBA-induced mammary tumors.”

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