Colgate Colgate Oral and Dental Health Resource Center

Innovative toothpastes to clean and brighten every type of smile.

Toothpastes

A toothbrush for every type of smile, designed with comfort and results in mind.

Toothbrushes

Colgate kids' products make brushing fun and encourage routine use.

Kids' Products

Oral care products available exclusively through dental professionals.

Products From the Dentist

Professional grade oral care, available without a prescription.

Other Oral Care

Every smile is unique and requires a different type of care. Colgate has a solution for every smile.

Search by Benefit
Font size

Raspberry gel studied as oral cancer treatment

A new weapon against oral cancer could be as close as the berry patch.

Researchers at the University of Kentucky Center for Pharmaceutical Science and Technology, in collaboration with Ohio State University cancer researchers, will study the effects of a freeze-dried black raspberry gel as a topical oral cancer treatment.

Freeze-dried black raspberries have been shown to inhibit the growth of several forms of cancer in rats and hamsters.

The gel, researchers say, is a user-friendly method to deliver potent black raspberry extracts to precancerous oral lesions. After having a surgeon remove a portion of an oral lesion from their mouths, participants will apply the gel four times a day for six weeks. Then, the remaining portion of participants' lesions will be removed and examined to see if the gel has altered the biological profile of the lesions.

Approximately 30,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, oral cancer occurs almost as frequently as leukemia and claims almost as many lives as melanoma cancer. Regular dental check-ups, including an examination of the entire mouth, are essential in the early detection of cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions.

Please contact the ADA if you have questions about this article.

©2010 American Dental Association. All rights reserved. Reproduction or republication is strictly prohibited without the prior written permission from the American Dental Association.

04/25/2005

ColgatePalmolive.com  |  Colgate.com  |  Legal/Privacy  |  Colgate.com Site Map  |  Contact Us
© Colgate-Palmolive Company. All rights reserved.
You are viewing the United States site.