Role of Antioxidants in the Prevention of Cancer
Cancer is a broad group of various diseases, all involving unregulated cell growth. In cancer, cells divide and grow uncontrollably, forming malignant tumors, and invade nearby parts of the body. Cancer is a growing health problem around the world, particularly with the steady rise in life expectancy. The fact that millions of people die from various types of cancer every year raises an overwhelming demand to develop new, more potent and effective anticancer agents. Additionally, the cancer problem and the failure of conventional chemotherapy to achieve a reduction in the mortality rates for common epithelial malignancies indicates a critical need for new approaches to control cancer development. One of these approaches is use of natural(dietary) or synthetic agents to prevent, delay, or slow the carcinogenic process. In this book, inexpensive, readily applicable and safe edible phytochemicals those possess interesting chemopreventing activities were mentioned. The book also covers recent biochemical and molecular mechanisms, in relation to antioxidants for cancer control and management.