Herbal Ashwagandha Reduces the Risk of Skin Cancer

By Kyle J. Norton

Skin, a large organ in the human not only acts as a barrier to protect the internal organs against the invasion of the foreign pathogen, but also protects the body against mechanical impacts and pressure, variations in temperature, radiation, and chemicals.

Skin cancer is a medical condition associated with irregular cell growth in the skin tissues.

Most cases of skin cancer start in the cells on the surface of the outermost inner lining tissue before penetrating into deeper layers.

After growing in size at the advanced stage, by penetrating into deeper layers of the infected tissue, the cells of the tumor may travel a distance away to infect other healthy tissue and organs through blood and fluids circulation, leading to secondary metastasis of secondary breast, lung, and colon tumor.

Believe it or not, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. As of today, there are 58 million American are living with skin cancer.

Approximately, 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. The 5-year survival of among all people with melanoma of the skin is 92% compared to 100% of the localized skin cancer.

If you have experienced some of the symptoms such as a sore that doesn’t heal or comes back after healing, a pale white or yellow flat areas that look like scars, raised and scaly red patches, small, smooth and shiny lumps that are pearly white, pink or red, a pink growth with raised edges and indents in the center and a growth that has small blood vessels on the surface of the skin, you may be on the early stage of skin cancer, please check with your doctor immediately.

Dr. Epstein JH. wrote, “Nonmelanoma skin cancers, like most malignancies, increase in incidence with increasing age. However, in general, they are not due to the aging process but are primarily due to solar radiation”.

And, “genetic disease xeroderma pigmentosum support the concept that such damage, if not repaired, will lead to cancer formation. It also has been suggested that unrepaired damage to deoxyribonucleic (DNA) and other macromolecules is at least in part responsible for the aging process in general”.
On finding a potent compound for the treatment of cancer, researchers examined the Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) chemopreventive potential in a chemically-induced skin carcinogenesis mouse model.
According to the tested analysis, WA significantly suppressed skin tumor formation by suppressing cell proliferation.

Furthermore, carcinogen-induced the increase of acetyl-CoA carboxylase 1 (ACC1) associated with cancer metastasis was also blocked by application of WA.

Additionally, in melanoma cells, WA also suppressed the expression levels of ACC1. 

Based on the findings, researchers said, “withaferin A may have potential in chemoprevention and ACC1 may serve as a critical target of WA”.

Taken altogether, Ashwagandha may be considered a functional herb for the prevention and an adjunct therapy combined with the primary medicine for the treatment of skin cancer in breast cancer patients, pending to the result of larger sample size and multicenter study

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Author Biography
Kyle J. Norton (Scholar, Master of Nutrition, All right reserved)

Health article writer and researcher; Over 10.000 articles and research papers have been written and published online, including worldwide health, ezine articles, article base, health blogs, self-growth, best before it’s news, the karate GB daily, etc.,.
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(1) Withaferin A suppresses the up-regulation of acetyl-coA carboxylase 1 and skintumor formation in a skin carcinogenesis mouse model by Li W1,2, Zhang C1,3, Du H1,4, Huang V1, Sun B1, Harris JP1, Richardson Q1, Shen X5, Jin R6, Li G6, Kevil CG5, Gu X5, Shi R7, Zhao Y. (PubMed)
(2) Photocarcinogenesis, skin cancer, and aging by Epstein JH. (PubMed)