The latest cancer developments from Google Alerts, with a bias towards breast cancer, for the week ending 25 July 2014.
This week’s top 2 features offer potential cures for cancer which either don’t cost very much (aspirin) or are already being used in other ways (marijuana/cannabis).
Aspirin was originally derived from willow bark, which has been used as a painkiller since the time of Hippocrates. Aspirin reduces inflammation, and that may play a role in inhibiting the growth of tumors — perhaps by slowing the development of new blood vessels that nourish them, or by fighting old cells that keep growing when they should be dying off. It may also inhibit estrogen production, and we know that estrogen fuels the growth of most (but not all) breast cancers.
And yet, until now, there have been no randomized trials (the gold standard of research) of aspirin use among women with breast cancer – a travesty. The solution: don’t wait for the boffins to rubber-stamp aspirin, just take it.
As for cannabis (or rather in its concentrated form, cannabis oil), just google cannabis oil and cancer, or Rick Simpson Oil and you’ll be overwhelmed by the number of scientific studies. Unfortunately, unlike aspirin, cannabis oil is not available in your local friendly pharmacy, and in many countries, its use is illegal.