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Cancer preventive effects of therapies from alternative medicine

Cancer prevention is an important field of medicine which is claimed by conventional, complementary and alternative medicines. Conventional medicine suggests smoking cessation, avoidance of obesity, balanced diets and modest alcohol consumption, avoidance of excessive sun exposure and careful handling of carcinogenic substances. It also offers prophylactic surgeries and some medical strategies. Complementary medicine which also relies on generating scientific evidence has gathered considerable knowledge on cancer preventive effects of green tea, curcumin, ginseng, vitamines A and D, selenium and magnesium. Alternative medicine, which has developed its own but highly divergent concepts regarding carcinogenesis, appropriate diagnostics and cancer preventive treatments, has not proven the efficacy of these. Studies on alternative cancer treatments also have not shown any evidence for efficacy. Cancer preventive concepts from alternative medicine must be rejected because of lack of proof.

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Cancer prevention, alternative medicine, complementary medicine

Karsten Münstedt
Frauenklinik, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Gießen
Reviewer: Andreas Lenhard, Bad Segeberg,
und Andreas Michalsen, Berlin

Münstedt K. Präventiver ... Gynakol Geburtsmed Gynakol Endokrinol 2013; 9(1): 84–95 publiziert 31.3.2012 ©akademos Wissenschaftsverlag 2013 ISSN 1614-8533