Ingredient in Breast Milk Fights Cancer

Apr 21, 2010
Breast milk could become a revolutionary cure for most of the cancers as scientists discovered that substance from breast milk fights with 40 different types of cancer.

A substance called Human Alpha-lactalbumin Made Lethal to Tumour cells (HAMLET) that is found in breast milk was noticed several years ago accidentally. Scientists were studying the antibacterial properties of breast milk when its anti-cancer abilities were revealed.

During the study conducted at Lund University and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden researchers tested how HAMLET affects cancer cells on humans. The patients with bladder cancer were given the substance during treatment. The results showed that the substance killed cancer cells, which were found in patient's urine after each treatment.

Laboratory tests found that HAMLET has a potential to destroy 40 various cancer cells and does not have any negative effect on healthy cells.

However, it is still not clear whether HAMLET substance is produced in the breast milk or formed in baby's stomach. Further trials will study how the breast milk substance affects skin cancer cells, cancer of mucous membranes and brain cancer.

Scientists hope that they soon will be able to develop a new drug containing HAMLET to treat cancer. The results appear in the journal PLoS One.