Cancer treatment 'could use red wine ingredient'

Red wine may hold the key for breast cancer patients whose tumours have stopped responding to normal hormone therapy.

This is the main conclusion from a new study by scientists at the University of Calabria who used resveratrol, an ingredient found in red wine, to treat tumour cells. They saw that treated cells had a significant reduction in growth rate compare to untreated cells.

Sebastiano Ando, a researcher at the Italian university, said: "Resveratrol is a potential pharmacological tool to be exploited when breast cancer become resistant to the hormonal therapy."

Doctors explained that the ingredient works by blocking the effects of oestrogen on tumour cells - stopping them from growing - but warned that patients should not drink red wine as a treatment for breast cancer.

More than 12,000 people died from breast cancer in the UK in 2008, according to Cancer Research UK figures.

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