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Posted: 3/17/2006 6:24:38 PM EST
I'm wondering how accurately the journalist reported this. It sounds from the article as if eating hot peppers may help slow the rate of growth of prostate tumors. If so, that is VERY good news.


Hot pepper kills prostate cancer cells in study

Wed Mar 15, 7:35 PM ET

Capsaicin, which makes peppers hot, can cause prostate cancer cells to kill themselves, U.S. and Japanese researchers said on Wednesday.

Capsaicin led 80 percent of human prostate cancer cells growing in mice to commit suicide in a process known as apoptosis, the researchers said.

Prostate cancer tumors in mice fed capsaicin were about one-fifth the size of tumors in untreated mice, they reported in the journal Cancer Research.

"Capsaicin had a profound anti-proliferative effect on human prostate cancer cells in culture," said Dr. Soren Lehmann of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine.

"It also dramatically slowed the development of prostate tumors formed by those human cell lines grown in mouse models."

While it is far easier to cure cancer in mice infected with human tumors than it is in human beings, the findings suggest a possible future treatment. They also may offer a good excuse for men who like spicy food to eat more of it.

Lehmann estimated that the mice ate the human equivalent of 400 milligrams of capsaicin three times a week. That is about the amount found in three to eight fresh habanero peppers, depending on how hot the peppers are.

The capsaicin inhibited the activity of NF-kappa beta, a molecular mechanism that helps lead to apoptosis in many cell types.

Prostate cancer is the most common malignant cancer in U.S. men. It is diagnosed in 232,000 men every year and kills up to 30,000 of them. Worldwide, 221,000 men die every year from prostate cancer.

Link Posted: 3/17/2006 6:27:14 PM EST
For the sake of preventative medicine, I'm going to pepper spray my balls
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 6:29:50 PM EST
not too many people can handle one habenero a week, much less eight of em'.

...but i happen to be one of the people that loves those things
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 6:39:29 PM EST
Tag for the followup stories of those who try to pepper spray their prostate.
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 6:40:11 PM EST

Originally Posted By DukeSnookems:
For the sake of preventative medicine, I'm going to pepper spray my balls

no way, go straight to the source.... jam a habenero up your ass!
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 6:48:11 PM EST
I can't eat that many habanero peppers a week but I sure can put away the jalapenos though
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 6:48:38 PM EST
Open mouth, ill insert pepper spray.
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 7:18:50 PM EST
Marge: Homer, give me my pepper spray!
Homer: But Marge, one spray and your south of the border! Mmmmm incapacitating.
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 8:15:34 PM EST
First it's jacking off (pleaaaasuring myself), now it's spicey food.

It all goes back to: If it feels good , DO IT!

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