Zinc soon to help in fight against breast cancer?

7 February 2012

People who are pursuing chemotherapy treatment in their battle against aggressive breast cancer could also make use of zinc during their fight.

This is after researchers at Cardiff University and King's College London have been able to establish a link which could make this material more effective when trying to thwart the effects of this deadly disease.

In the study, the two institutes were successful in creating a switch which releases zinc into cells.

Zinc has frequently being associated with human health, as too much or too little of the mineral can result in a cell's death.

Professor Christer Hogstrand, from the Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences Division at King's College London, acknowledged: "Our discovery provides a mechanistic explanation for how the cell uses zinc to regulate different functions … These findings should open the door for new research into the roles of zinc in health and disease."

When it comes to undergoing breast cancer treatment, Deborah Witt Sherman, of Baltimore's University of Maryland School of Nursing, and associates have found that psycho-educational pursuits and telephone counselling can help people to improve their psychological well-being and general health status.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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