Potential mouth cancer breakthrough
Campaigners against mouth cancer have welcomed a potential breakthrough in the treatment of the cancer, made by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University.
Every five hours, one person dies from mouth cancer in the UK. The researchers found an “anti-cancer compound” that killed off mouth cancer cells. The compound – hisdone deacetylase (HDAC) – was reported on in the Journal of Pathology.
Richard Smith, M.D., lead researcher on the study, said: “This report shows that an HDAC inhibitor is effective on head and neck cancer cell lines, and that is the first step toward use in humans.”
While early detection is key to fighting mouth cancer, cutting out cigarettes, cutting down on booze and ramping up on fresh fruit and vegetables will help your chances of avoiding the disease.Join this Discussion