Turmeric and Cancer - Prevention and Treatment
Research findings have demonstrated at least a dozen separate ways in which Curcumin interferes with cellular pathways that may lead to cancer.
- Laboratory data indicate that Curcumin can inhibit tumor initiation, promotion, invasion, angiogenesis and metastasis, while animal studies have shown that Curcumin may inhibit the growth of cells and promote cell death in three different melanoma lines.
Anti-Cancer and Anti-Angiogenic Effects of Curcumin – World Journal of Gastroenterology
- Epidemiological evidence indicates lower incidence of certain cancers in people who consume Curcumin than in those who do not. Recent findings show that, besides chemo preventive activity, Curcumin may also be effective in the treatment of cancer.
Multiple Molecular Targets in Cancer Chemoprevention by Curcumin – The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Journal
- Numerous mechanisms have been described for the cellular activity of Curcumin, including inhibition of proliferation of tumor cells, induction of apoptosis (a mode of cell death), inhibition of transformation of cells from normal to tumor, inhibition of invasion and metastasis and suppression of inflammation.
- Curcumin triggers a process called "apoptosis" through which the body destroys abnormal cells that may develop to be cancerous. Curcumin does not induce apoptosis in healthy cells.
Induction of Apoptosis by Curcumin and its Implications for Cancer Therapy – Current Cancer Drug Targets 2005
When it comes to cancer treatment it is always recommended to discuss any supplements with your doctor and to check compatability of curcumin with other cancer treatments.