Diabetes Drug May Serve as Latest Weapon Against Cancer

Diabetes Drug May Serve as Latest Weapon Against Cancer
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 5:30pm

The next new cancer treatment may be a 50-year-old diabetes drug.

Scientists say early tests found the drug metformin prevented tumors in mice and reduced the likelihood that diabetics would develop a malignancy.

Metformin is the most commonly used medicine to lower blood sugar and is the subject of about 50 cancer studies globally.

The drug, which sells for about 5 cents a pill, is dispensed about 120 million times each year. If the latest trials on breast and other tumors are successful, the drug could become a cheap weapon in the fight against a myriad of diseases including pancreatic and ovarian cancers.

  

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