Presentation Title

Natural Remedies and Cancer in Women: A Communities Study

Faculty Mentor

Sylvine Deprele, Luiza Nogaj, Lia Roberts

Start Date

18-11-2017 2:15 PM

End Date

18-11-2017 3:15 PM

Location

BSC-Ursa Minor 122

Session

Poster 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

interdisciplinary

Abstract

Breast and cervical cancer are the most common cancers that affect women worldwide. Death rates due to these types of cancers are recurrent in low and middle-income countries. Factors such as socioeconomic status and quality of nutrition play a role in the occurrence of breast and cervical cancer. This study examines the possible correlation between natural remedies and the occurrence of these cancers in Peru. A survey was designed to address this correlation, in which a total of 45 women (21 years and older) and health professionals of various clinics of Peru were interviewed. The collected data suggests that approximately 78% of surveyed women utilize natural remedies. A major portion of these women were also using natural remedies occasionally and in certain circumstances, such as inflammation due to chemotherapy. Various participants believed plants and daily used nutritional products contain medicinal properties; which include noni (Morinda citrifolia), Aloe Vera, chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla), muña (Minthostachys mollis), honey, and ortiga (Urtica dioica) as the most common. Noni and honey were extracted and tested on mammalian cells; cell viability and cytotoxicity were examined. Data analysis from the cytotoxicity assay indicated that honey had a toxic effect on HeLa cells. As for noni, cell viability and cytotoxicity assay results were inconclusive. Future directions include re-conducting cell viability and cytotoxicity assays on noni, as well as all the other natural products identified by the survey.

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Natural Remedies and Cancer in Women: A Communities Study

BSC-Ursa Minor 122

Breast and cervical cancer are the most common cancers that affect women worldwide. Death rates due to these types of cancers are recurrent in low and middle-income countries. Factors such as socioeconomic status and quality of nutrition play a role in the occurrence of breast and cervical cancer. This study examines the possible correlation between natural remedies and the occurrence of these cancers in Peru. A survey was designed to address this correlation, in which a total of 45 women (21 years and older) and health professionals of various clinics of Peru were interviewed. The collected data suggests that approximately 78% of surveyed women utilize natural remedies. A major portion of these women were also using natural remedies occasionally and in certain circumstances, such as inflammation due to chemotherapy. Various participants believed plants and daily used nutritional products contain medicinal properties; which include noni (Morinda citrifolia), Aloe Vera, chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla), muña (Minthostachys mollis), honey, and ortiga (Urtica dioica) as the most common. Noni and honey were extracted and tested on mammalian cells; cell viability and cytotoxicity were examined. Data analysis from the cytotoxicity assay indicated that honey had a toxic effect on HeLa cells. As for noni, cell viability and cytotoxicity assay results were inconclusive. Future directions include re-conducting cell viability and cytotoxicity assays on noni, as well as all the other natural products identified by the survey.