Cancer prevent: these alleged miracle cures increase the cancer risk

There are many a rumor and life and miracle cure circulating that is supposed to protect against or fight cancer. On closer inspection, however, not all of them prove to be effective; on the contrary, they may even cause cancer!

Ginger, honey or vitamin präteriate: Quite a few much-invoked remedies against cancer do not help at all. (Photo)'

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If a person suffers from Cancer, there are various medical treatment options that can be exhausted: Depending on the type of cancer and the patient, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, stem cell transplantation or surgical procedures may be considered. But to prevent this from happening in the first place, preventive measures are designed to protect against the risk of cancer, such as very specific foods.

However, one should not rely on it. Because not only that food alone does not protect against cancer, for many of the conjured natural miracle cures that circulate, the effectiveness is not medically confirmed – not even as an alternative therapy for an existing cancer disease.

Prevent and fight breast cancer with ginger

This includes for example ginger. There is no question that the super tuber is full of vitamins and minerals and is a great home remedy for colds. But a miracle cure for breast cancer, as it is often said to be, it is not. So while there are scientific studies that show a positive effect of ginger on cancer cells. However, it is unclear which ingredients are responsible for this. The substances Gingerol and Shogaol are suspected, as "medical-transparent".at" informs. However, it is not guaranteed that the ingredients are always contained in the same concentration in the natural product. Furthermore, there are no clinical studies on breast cancer patients that prove possible positive effects of ginger.

No efficacy? Honey in the cancer therapy

There are several studies that deal with honey as a possible cure for cancer. This also applies to beeswax, royal jelly and bee resin (propolis). For example, Croatian researchers from the University of Zagreb observed in a study (2004) that propolis and honey reduced the growth and spread of tumors in experiments with mice, as reported by "pharmazeutische-zeitung".de" reports. However, the "Krebsinformationsdienst des Deutschen Krebsforschungszentrums" (Cancer Information Service of the German Cancer Research Center) gives the following information (DKFZ) that the effectiveness against cancer has not yet been proven in clinical studies. Honey can also provide relief in supportive cancer therapy, for example in the case of inflammation of the oral mucosa (oral mucositis) as a result of chemotherapy, but there are no conclusive data on this to date.

Vitamin supplements and dietary supplements increase lung cancer risk

Additional vitamins and minerals are supposed to not only make people fit and healthy, but also protect them from cancer. However, this connection cannot be medically proven so far. Rather, the opposite seems to be the case: Dietary supplements and vitamin supplements increase cancer risk. A recent study from 2017 makes that clear: Scientists led by Theodor Brasky of Ohio State University established a link between taking vitamin B supplements and lung cancer – but only in men. High doses of vitamins B6 and B12 taken over several years increased the risk of lung cancer by 30 to 40 percent. At the highest dosage of 20 milligrams (B6) and 55 micrograms (B12) taken over more than ten years, the risk even doubled. However, the daily requirement is only three micrograms (B12) and 1.5 milligrams (B6) respectively.

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