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Can Honeybee Venom Kill Breast Cancer?

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Australian scientists found out that the venom from honeybees destroys aggressive breast cancer.

Traditionally, one of the most aggressive types of breast cancer, triple-negative breast cancer, can be treated with surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy as it accounts for 10-15% of breast cancers.

Scientists have used a compound in the honeybee venom called melittin, to fight against two cancer types which are very difficult to treat; triple-negative and HER2-enriched.

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Although the research is tagged as good news, it was revealed that scientists are still teating if the venom completely destroys breast cancer.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer which affects many women around the world.

Thousands of chemical compounds have been said to fight against cancer cells by scientists, but scientists have said that they can only produce a few chemical compounds that can treat cancer in humans.

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They found out that honeybee venom has anti-cancer properties for other types of cancer like melanoma.

Studies found out that honeybee extracts are very potent and a concentration of the venom killed cancer cells within an hour, with little harm to the other cells. But the toxicity increases for other dosage levels.

Scientists also found out that the melittin compound found in the venom is effective in disrupting cancer cell growth.

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The melittin compound can be produced naturally by the honeybee venom or can be produced artificially.

 

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