Wild eggplant is not a cure for cancer

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Wild aubergine, an effective remedy against “any type of cancer“-cluding breast, prostate, stomach cancers? This is what he has shared about 25,000 times since April 15, circulating on Facebook in Central Africa, he says. Attention: according to several experts contacted by AFP , there are no scientific data, demonstrating the effectiveness of this vegetable against cancer, whatever it is, and the promotion of these “miraculous cures” can also be dangerous to the health of patients.

The Wild Eggplant “can save lives“says Luxurious Laplante’s page, and heals”any type of cancer“: breast, prostate, liver, stomach, even kidney cancer … It would be enough to be cured by drinking”in the form of tea“, with hot water.

Screenshot taken on Facebook on April 20, 2022

These publications have been shared nearly 25,000 times (1, 2, 3, 4 …) since April 15 in Central Africa.

With nearly 10 million deaths by 2020, cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide.“, explains the World Health Organization (WHO) instead.

That same year, the most common cancer was breast cancer, with 2.26 million registered cases, according to the WHO, long before it affected the prostate (1.41 million cases) or the stomach ( 1.09 million cases).

However, according to several experts interviewed by AFP, the effectiveness of the remedy recommended by this publication has not been scientifically established; it can even be dangerous.

There are no data to demonstrate the effectiveness of wild aubergine

For all cancers mentioned in this post, “there is no scientific evidence“On the alleged effectiveness of wild aubergine as a treatment,” she told AFP on April 20. Béatrice Fervers, oncologist and director of the Department of Environmental Cancer Prevention at the Léon Bérard Center in Lyon (France).

The five cancers cited by the publication – breast, prostate, stomach, liver and kidney – are “very different in their origin tissue, their mode of appearance and their evolution“, remember:”consequently, the treatments are different, for example most breast and prostate cancers are the so-called hormone-dependent cancers in which the action of hormones comes into play and is part of the treatment; this is not the case with stomach, kidney and liver cancer“.

An earlier version of this fake news circulated as early as 2019 on breast cancer; AFP had already verified this rumor. Several experts contacted at the time already claimed that the effectiveness of this remedy was not scientifically proven.

There is no miracle cure for cancer“Confirms Serpos Dossou, oncologist and radiotherapist at the Cotonou Cancer Center (Benin) contacted by AFP on April 19.”Each cancer treatment is well coded, for each type of cancer there are different types histologies [étude de la structure des tissus], and depending on the type of histology, different types of treatment“, confirms this specialist.

Besides, “for the same organ, different subtypes of cancer can develop“, adds the oncologist, who induces”different treatments, even [quand on traite un même] organ“.

Therefore, it is impossible for a single food to cure several cancers that affect different organs, according to all the experts contacted by AFP.

A potentially “dangerous” remedy.

Beyond its proven lack of effectiveness, this type of remedy can be dangerous, according to all experts contacted by AFP.

On the subject of breast cancer, Xavier Cormoul, a professor of toxicology at the University of Paris Descartes, already told AFP in December 2019 that consuming wild eggplant as a treatment could be “.dangerous, because some vegetables contain toxic compounds and are mistakenly thought to destroy tumors.“.

At the same time, oncology surgeon Ambroise Ntama, assigned to the Deido District Hospital in Douala, Cameroon, told AFP that “hasAfter diagnosis, breast cancer induces both surgical and medical treatment (chemotherapy, hormone therapy, targeted treatments), radiation therapy, and psychological support.“, and not a treatment based on a single active ingredient.

Follow the tips, as suggested by the post, “opposes [ce] than us [découvre] early stage disease“Also warns Serpos Dossou of the Cotonou Cancer Center.”The disease will be in a very developed phase“, that maybe”very dangerous“, continues this specialist, alarmed by the spread of false information about cancer.

This is also the fear of Béatrice Fervers, of the Léon Bérard Center in Lyon: the promotion of a “miracle food“She risks encouraging some patients who have just been diagnosed or who have relapsed to cancer to resort to this dangerous advice.”worsen their situation by neglecting effective treatments“.

At best, it can confuse patients; at worst, it can lead to loss of luck [de guérison] or, depending on the product, for harmful or toxic effects“, sums up.

The two oncologists agree in any case to advise a screening and, in case of proven cancer, to follow the treatments recommended by the medical teams.

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