September 2002
Article Features
  Understanding How Breast Cancer Cells Progress to More Aggressive Forms
New Drug Slows Growth of Breast and Prostate Cancers
Risk from Breast Cancer Genes May Be Exaggerated
Large Reductions in Breast Cancer Deaths Found in Mammography Programs
Obesity and Breast Cancer Risk in Hispanic Women
Optimists Report a Higher Quality of Life Than Pessimists
Minimizing Side Effects from Retinoic Acid in Cancer Treatment
Breast Cancer Patients Not At Higher Risk for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Telephone, Mail Reminders are Effective for Mammography Screening
Anemia Drug Reduces Transfusions and Chemo-Related Fatigue

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Making Cancer Cells More Vulnerable

New Broccoli Compound May Help Prevent Breast Cancer

In the future, a "broccoli-pill" a day may help keep breast cancer at bay. Researchers have developed a new compound, designed from a known anticancer agent found in broccoli, that shows promise as a breast cancer preventive.

Apparently less toxic than its natural counterpart, the compound could be marketed for cancer prevention, the researchers say. Their findings were described at the 224th national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.

Tests in animals have shown encouraging results, but no human studies have been done. If tests confirm the findings, the compound could be developed into a once-a-day pill or vitamin component for cancer prevention, although a marketable product for consumers is still years away, the researchers say.

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