Beating Cancer with Silver Bullet

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Breast cancer is a leading cancer in the globe, statistics from Breast Cancer Organization says that “from 1999 to 2005, breast cancer incidence rates in the U.S. decreased by about 2% per year. The decrease was seen only in women aged 50 and older. One theory is that this decrease was partially due to the reduced use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) by women after the results of a large study called the Women’s Health Initiative were published in 2002. These results suggested a connection between HRT and increased breast cancer risk.”

Internet is now days flooded with the stories related to how cancer can be treated with silver bullet. But the research conducted by researchers proved that cancer can be cured with silver as it is very effectual similar to a leading chemotherapy drug and might have just few side effects. A study conducted at the University of Leeds, puts forward that specific compounds of silver are toxic to cancer just like Cisplatin, platinum based drug, which is much popularly used to cure an assortment of cancer. But a major difference is that silver is taken to be much less harmful for the healthy human cells. In many cases they are also considered to be beneficial.

Presently silver is used for its antibiotic and antiseptic properties in wound dressings, bandages and water purifiers. Kidney damage, vomiting and nausea and an augmented risk of infection are general side effects of drug Cisplatin which is used to cure head and neck, lungs, bladder, breast, testicles, lymph nodes and ovaries. Dr. Charlotte Willans puts forward that it is really unfortunate that chemotherapy can prove to be a grueling experience for the individuals suffering from cancer. Discovering effectual, yet non toxic drugs is a continuous problem, but these initial findings are an imperative step in solving it. His research has analyzed the structure which encircles a central silver atom. How much reactive it will be and with what it will interact, is determined by “shrubbery”.

The research has used various kinds of these ligands to ascertain which is most effectual adjacent to the cancer cells. The first phase of the research involved exposing the colon and breast cancer cells, along with various silver based chemicals for a period of six days. The research aims to ascertain if the silver compounds are less toxic to normal human tissue and if they will help to develop and design the coming generation of Chemotherapy drugs.

 

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