Source Of Prevention And Potential Cure From The Forest For Breast Cancer

Author

Mohd Ilham Adenan, Biotechnology Division, Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), 52109 Kepong, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Proceeding

1st International Conference & Exhibition on Women's Health & Asian Traditional (WHAT) Medicine

Date

23/8/2005

Keyword

breast cancer, forest plant species, antioxidant, anti-breast cancer , Centella asiatica, Morinda citrifolia

Abstract

The occurence of breast cancer is prevalent among women in Malaysia. It is also the most common cause of death in women. Forest plant species have been one of the solution being sought to help in preventing and if possible curing the disease. One of the contributors for the disease development is the excessive amount of free radicals that exist in our body, which can cause the cells or its biochemicals to act abnormally. Hence, one way to prevent the disease from occuring is by consuming medicinal plants having anti-oxidants such as Morinda citrifolia (mengkudu), Centella asiatica (pegaga) and other local edible plant’s shoots, to name a few. Some of the current chemotherapy drugs like taxol, vinblastine and vincristine are no doubt developed from the chemicals isolated from the forest plant species such as the Pacific Yew tree and Periwinkle flowers, respectively. The Biotechnology Division of Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) has recently embarked on prospecting for a series of forest plant species that have anti-breast cancer and antioxidant properties. A few plant species have been identified as being potential anti-breast cancer agents. This paper highlights and discusses some of these preliminary findings.