Look out teal, dark blue may be the new color of hope for cervical cancer patients everywhere. A study published in the Pathology & Oncology Research, done by the University of Missouri School of Medicine has discovered that combining classic radiation treatment with blueberry extract can lead to a reduction in cervical cancer cells of up to 70%. According to the Center for Disease Control, around 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. A treatment improvement of this kind can save millions of women’s lives.
Yujiang Fang, M.D., Ph.D., the author of this study has concluded that blueberry extract is a useful “radiosensitizer” which is a non-toxic chemical that makes cancer cells more vulnerable to radiation. The study was conducted with three different forms of measurement. It was found that radiation treatment alone created an average reduction of 20% of cancer cells, blueberry extract alone created an average reduction of 25% of cancer cells, but a combination of the two resulted in a whopping 70% decrease of cancer cells.
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