A substance found in breast milk could help in the fight against cancer, according to research by a team of Swedish scientists...
A substance found in breast milk could help in the fight against cancer, according to research by a team of Swedish scientists.
Scientists at the University of Gothenburg discovered a protein and fatty acid found naturally in breast milk could cure up to 40 types of cancer based on laboratory tests.
Nine patients with bladder cancer were injected with 'Hamlet' and then expelled dead cancer cells in their urine. The treatment only attacked the cancerous cells unlike chemotherapy which attacks healthy cells as well.
Now the team are hopeful the substance could be used in future cancer treatments. Assistant Professor Roger Karlsson, from the University of Gothenburg's department of chemistry, said: 'The researchers are now going on to study its effect on skin cancer, tumours in the mucous membranes and brain tumours.'
This is just the latest research to demonstrate the positive health properties of breast milk. Only last week US researchers revealed that lauric acid from breast milk could be used to treat acne without the side affects of traditional drugs.
However, experts have warned that an effective treatment for cancer using breast milk could take years to develop. Dr Alison Ross, Cancer Research UK's senior science information officer, said: 'Scientists are still a long way from knowing whether 'Hamlet' will ever become an effective cancer treatment in the future.' CLICK HERE FOR MORE HEALTH NEWS
Marie Claire Newsletter
Celebrity news, beauty, fashion advice, and fascinating features, delivered straight to your inbox!
The leading destination for fashion, beauty, shopping and finger-on-the-pulse views on the latest issues. Marie Claire's travel content helps you delight in discovering new destinations around the globe, offering a unique – and sometimes unchartered – travel experience. From new hotel openings to the destinations tipped to take over our travel calendars, this iconic name has it covered.
The Power Series: Igniting responsibility, innovation, and action in sustainable fashion and beauty
By Niamh McCollum
Kate Middleton proves cape dresses are perfect for party season at the Royal Variety Performance
Impeccable party season dressing
By Lauren Hughes
Free People are here to put the fun back into festive dressing
‘Tis the season to sparkle after all
By Jazzria Harris