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Breast milk can now provide solution to three deadly cancers, says Swedish Scientists

An immunologist, Professor Catharina Svanborg, at Lund University disclosed that breast milk inholds a protein called alpha-alctalbumin, which fights cancer when transformed in the intestine.

Several tests on patients with bladder cancer have proferred encouraging results and according to researchers, the compound milk contains what is nicknamed "Hamlet", and it will also help tackle bowel cancer and cervical cancer.

The discovery was unexpectedly made by Svanborg while working on antibiotics.

"We were looking for novel antimicrobial agents, and new breast milk is a very good source of these," Svanborg said. "During one experiment we needed human cells and bacteria to be present, and we chose human tumour cells for practical reasons.

"To our amazement, when we added this compound of milk, the tumour cells died. It was a totally serendipitous discovery."

A full-scale test mining Hamlet against a placebo "dummy drug" is now fully arranged.

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