Volume 88 Issue 25 | pp. 28-29
Issue Date: June 21, 2010

Cancer Prevention, Naturally

The difficult search for cancer-preventing natural products takes several paths
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: natural products, drug discovery, cancer, vitamins

Cancer is a major killer, with each type of cancer a different beast, and molecules from nature have become some of medicine’s most powerful cancer treatments. But rather than fighting cancer that’s already raging, many scientists are seeking ways to prevent or delay it.

Cancer prevention has seen a few molecular success stories so far, although none of the compounds has come straight from nature. For example, the synthetic drugs finasteride and dutasteride, which treat . . .

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