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A compound called sanguinarine has been shown to produce proteins that result in the death of UV damaged cells. It also inhibits spread of skin cancer. Sanguinarine is commonly used to prevent gingivitis and other inflammatory conditions. The compound is also found in antifungal treatments, mouthwashes and toothpaste.
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About: Old ingredient has new use for skin cancer
Date: 19 October 2004
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