Some of the most exciting news surrounding turmeric is its potential to slow down the progression of cancer and even to prevent it from ever occurring. People who eat foods with turmeric as a part of their regular diets show lower rates of cancer. In the United States, the most common forms of cancer are colon cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer and breast cancer. In India where turmeric is an integral part of people's diets, the rate of these types of cancers is 10 times lower.
Several studies indicate its strong potential to combat cancer. When used in conjunction with Taxol or Paclitaxel in chemotherapy for breast cancer, turmeric strengthens the effects of chemotherapy and helps to reduce its side effects. When added to cultures of leukemia cells, turmeric halts the replication of the cells. Initial studies of turmeric suggest it can slow down the spread of tumors in mice.
Working as an antioxidant, turmeric is a promising agent to prevent and combat colon cancer. Indian men who ingest turmeric all the time are rarely diagnosed with colon cancer. Treatments using turmeric for lung and prostate cancer are also encouraging. Certainly more time and study is needed to fully understand the benefits of turmeric as a preventive and curative measure in combating cancer.