Jamaican ball moss – A new treatment for prostate cancer?

Jamaican ball moss – A new treatment for prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer at Afro-Caribbean men is the second leading cause of death in men age 55-70 years. In particular, Jamaican men,  have one of the highest prevalence of prostate cancer. According to urologist Hope Russell, one in every 10 Jamaican men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. However, efforts are being made to change this, and any effort and special research regarding this issue early can lead to better management and treatment of the disease.

Jamaican scientist Dr. Henry Lowe and his researchers have found that molecules in cannabis and the Jamaican ball moss can represent a favorable treatment for prostate cancer.

First of all, what is ball moss? Tillandsia recurvata, commonly known as small ballmoss or ball moss, is a flowering plant (not actually a true moss) in the family Bromeliaceae that grows upon larger host plants.

All the ingredients extracted from ball moss such as the chloroform, methanol and water extracts have shown cytotoxicity against several human cancer cell lines. Further, to reduce angiogenesis it is used the chloroform extract and the methanol extract inhibits particular kinases of which MEK5 and GAK have been implicated in prostate cancer.

“We were able to identify a very potent molecule in ball moss which we sent to the National Cancer Institute in the US and they screened it to validate it with results we have received in our labs from the initial screening of the molecule. The result that was found basically validated the potency of the molecule and we have been working for further development,” says Dr. Ngeh Toyang who is working as a senior scientist and research partner at Lowe’s Flavocure Biotech lab in Maryland, United States.

More research has been done to create an effective treatment for prostate cancer. They developed the first drug and formula for Alpha Prostate cancer supplement, which is now being prescribed by doctors. This treatment it’s now being sold in the United States, Canada, and as far away as Australia. Persons from the professional field like chemists, biochemists have given testimonials on this basis and they are strong believers in the Alpha Prostate.

In order to educate people and create more awareness about prostate cancer, Dr. Henry Lowe & Dr. Perceval Bahado-Singh published in 2010, The Prostate Guide, a resource for Jamaican men and their families. This book is the resource guide’s intention to assist Jamaicans in recognizing the possible warning signs of prostate cancer and to encourage them to take immediate action to facilitate early diagnosis and treatment.

Medical specialists all over the world are trying to do their best to find solutions for the treatment of prostate cancer and other types of cancers. So every single step is important for the management of this disease.

More about prostate cancer

This cancer forms in tissues of the prostate (a gland in the male reproductive system found below the bladder and in front of the rectum). The prostate surrounds the urethra, the tube through which urine flows. A healthy prostate is about the size of a walnut. If the prostate grows too large, it squeezes the urethra. This may slow or stop the normal flow of urine. Prostate cancer usually occurs in older men.

Statistics about prostate cancer

    • This year, an estimated 164,690 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.
    • The average age of diagnosis is 66; the disease rarely occurs before age 40.
    • For unknown reasons, the risk of prostate cancer is 74% higher in black men than in non-Hispanic white men.
    • Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the United States.
    • About 1 man in 41 will die of prostate cancer.
    • Prostate cancer can be a serious disease, but most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die from it. In fact, more than 2.9 million men in the United States who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point are still alive today.

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