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Treating Prostate Cancer with Cannabis

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Prostate Cancer is a global public health problem. In America, 12.9 % of men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, making it the most common form of cancer in men. An estimated 27,000 men will die of prostate cancer in 2017 alone (cancer.gov). Like many other types of cancer, prostate cancer is very difficult to treat-especially when the cancer becomes metastatic and begins to spread to other parts of the body. Most patients diagnosed with prostate cancer will be given chemotherapy, which has harsh and harmful side effects. Medical cannabis , also known as medical marijuana, is well known for its powerful ability to ease the toxic symptoms of chemotherapy. Amazingly, a collection of scientific research is showing that medical cannabis actually prevents cancer cell formation. In addition, medical cannabis, through a process known as cellular apoptosis (Guzmán, M, et al) is showing the ability to program cancer cell death. So in addition to alleviating the symptoms of cancer and its treatment, medical cannabis can kill prostate cancer cells.

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