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Mouthwash May Fight Cancer

posted on May 18, 2001

New "superwash", it's a mouthwash and a cancer fighter.

Researchers at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and the University of California-San Francisco have developed a mouthwash that may cure cancer of the mouth. Ten patients with precancerous mouth lesions are using the non-toxic odorless, tasteless rinse. So far, the scientists say the "miracle wash" has made the growths in two patients mouths disappear completely and kept them away for six months.

The key to the success of the product is its ability to supply the skin inside the mouth with tumor suppressing genes. Further study is expected.

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