Monday, September 06, 2010

Capsaicin Can Act as Co-Carcinogen; Chili Pepper Component Linked to Skin Cancer

Not surprising. Chronic exposure to anything that does injury to tissues can cause cancer.

ScienceDaily (Sep. 2, 2010) — A study in the journal Cancer Research by researchers at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota, links capsaicin, a component of chili peppers, to skin cancer. While the molecular mechanisms of the cancer-promoting effects of capsaicin are not clear and remain controversial, the new research has shown a definite connection to formation of skin cancer through various laboratory studies.

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Capsaicin, widely consumed worldwide in foods that contain chili peppers, is also used in topical creams for pain relief and its role in cancer development is controversial. Capsaicin has been shown to induce apoptosis (cell death) in cancer cells. However, research findings have also shown that it can also act as a carcinogen, especially at the tumor promotion stage.

Bode says the possibility that capsaicin induces inflammation and may affect cancer development is a critical result of the study. "Most notably, the results raise concerns that a natural compound found in hot peppers used in over-the-counter topical pain remedies might increase skin cancer risk," Bode says.

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1 comment:

Judith said...

That good that Michael Douglas fights against the cancer, but I believe that he has the enough capacity to go out further, by himself has to make the effective program that delivers him his doctor and the chronic pain who is able provoking the illness it will be treated really, there are ways now and by himself it is a constant fight.

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