Natural Products: Implication in Cancer Prevention and Treatment through Modulating Various Biological Activities

Author(s): Shehwaz Anwar, Ahmad Almatroudi, Mohammed A. Alsahli, Masood A. Khan, Amjad A. Khan, Arshad H. Rahmani*

Journal Name: Anti-Cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
(Formerly Current Medicinal Chemistry - Anti-Cancer Agents)

Volume 20 , Issue 17 , 2020

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Cancer is one of the most leading causes of death worldwide. It is one of the primary global diseases that cause morbidity and mortality in millions of people. It is usually caused by different carcinogenic agents that damage the genetic material and alter the cell signaling pathways. Carcinogens are classified into two groups as genotoxic and non-genotoxic agents. Genotoxic carcinogens are capable of directly altering the genetic material, while the non-genotoxic carcinogens are capable of producing cancer by some secondary mechanisms not related to direct gene damage. There is undoubtedly the greatest need to utilize some novel natural products as anticancer agents, as these are within reach everywhere. Interventions by some natural products aimed at decreasing the levels and conditions of these risk factors can reduce the frequency of cancer incidences. Cancer is conventionally treated by surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy, but such treatments may be fast-acting and causes adverse effects on normal tissues. Alternative and innovative methods of cancer treatment with the least side effects and improved efficiency are being encouraged. In this review, we discuss the different risk factors of cancer development, conventional and innovative strategies of its management and provide a brief review of the most recognized natural products used as anticancer agents globally.

Keywords: Carcinogens, DNA damage, risk factors, anticancer agents, natural products, genotoxic.

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Year: 2020
Published on: 12 November, 2020
Page: [2025 - 2040]
Pages: 16
DOI: 10.2174/1871520620666200705220307
Price: $65

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