Broccoli sunscreen may protect against cancer

Scientists develop a drug based on the cancer-fighting chemicals in greens

A new cancer drug based on chemicals found in broccoli, cabbage and other leafy greens has been developed by scientists.

The drug, which could be used to slow the growth of malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, may be available as a sunscreen in about 10 years, according to a report in the Daily Mail. Malignant melanoma affects more than 8,000 people in Britain a year.

Eating plenty of broccoli, cabbage, and other members of the green, leafy brassica family, has long been hailed as a weapon against cancer.

Brassicas contain natural anticancer compounds called isothiocyanates. The new drug is based on these.

Tests on mice reported in the journal Clinical Cancer Research showed that low doses of the new drug inhibited tumour growth by 60%.

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