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Bitter melon may protect from breast cancer

February 24, 2010 12:39:04 AM PST
Extract of bitter melon may help protect women from breast cancer, according to a new study.Researchers conducted experiments in a laboratory and found the bitter melon extract killed only the cancer cells and not the healthy breast cells. Scientists say this does not prove the extract prevents or cures breast cancer.

The next step is to see if researchers can repeat the findings in animals, and if so, human trials may follow.

Bitter melon is a vegetable common in India.