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Broccoli May Help Fight Skin Cancer

Posted: October 30, 2007

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One expert was excited by the discovery. 

"There is some interesting data here," said Dr. Vijay Trisal, an assistant professor of surgical oncology at the City of Hope Cancer Center, in Duarte, Calif. "Sulforaphane compounds have been known to boost the immune system locally. This has some basic science behind it." 

"The same thing happens with interferon, which we use for melanoma. It boosts the natural killer cells," Trisal explained.

The findings do need to be replicated, Talalay noted.

"It's going to take a little while to work out how this should be applied," Talalay said. "We would need to have a preparation rich in sulforaphane that would be easily absorbed through the skin, and this is not yet a reality. But, since we're dealing with a food, we're not dealing with anything likely to have a toxicity."