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The answer for skin cancer.
BEC5 contains a specially purified plant extract from the Solanum Sodomaeum, the so-called Devil's apple- which is found in the Australasia region. The extract, known as Solasodine Glycosides, (0.005%) is also found in smaller quantities in the eggplant and aubergine.
After two decades of research and clinical trials, biochemist, Dr. Bill E. Cham, has discovered that BEC5 when applied topically can eradicate non-melanoma skin cancers, specifically:
•Basal cell carcinomas (BCC)
•Squamous cell carcinomas (SCC).
Curaderm / BEC5 cream has also been shown to be efficacious with benign tumours, including:
Numerous clinical trials in Australia and Great Britain have confirmed BEC5's ability to regress non-melanoma skin cancers. In one open study with 72 patients, treatment with BEC5 cream resulted in the regression of all treated lesions (56 actinic keratoses, 39 BCCs and 29 SCCs), with 100% healed after 1 to 13 weeks of treatment.
Recent trials in 10 UK hospitals found that a twice daily topical application of BEC5 cream to the affected areas gave a complete remission to 78% of the patients within 8-weeks. The remaining 22% of patients had also improved and needed longer treatment times, all this was made possible without chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery.
The dermatologists at the Royal London Hospital concluded that: "BEC5 is a topical preparation which is safe and effective, an ideal therapy for outpatient treatment... It is a cost effective treatment for both primary and secondary skin cancer care."
Furthermore, the histological analyses of biopsies taken before, during and after treatment give compelling evidence of the continuing efficacy of BEC5 because treated skin cancer lesions have not recurred for at least 5 years after cessation of therapy.
BEC5 cream is therefore recommended to be used to treat areas of the skin that may have become discoloured, thickened or scaly as a result of exposure to sun (UV) light. These areas of the skin are known as keratoses. BEC5 cream is effective to treat true malignant skin cancers such as the non-melanoma basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. To date, it is estimated that more than 80,000 people have used BEC5 and shown below are just some of the results achieved with BEC5 cream:
BEC5 works because it contains a plant sugar called rhamnose, (which is not usually found in mammalian species). Specific endogenous lectins, (which are receptors for the sugar part of the glycoalkaloids) are present in the plasma membranes of susceptible cancer cells, but they not present in normal cells. Therefore BEC5 recognizes and binds the sugar rhamnose of the glycoalkaloid to the cancer cell. Subsequently, this enters the cancer cell and causes cell death by destroying the lysosome.
Side effects to date have been limited to skin reddening, although during treatment erosion, ulceration and shedding of unwanted skin cells is also likely to take place.
Clean the area to be treated with a mild antiseptic to remove old skin cells. BEC5 should be applied relatively thickly to the area at least twice daily and a micro pore placed over the area. The eyes should be avoided. If any excess occurs, wash and wipe away with cold water. Application should continue for a minimum of 7 days and a maximum of 60 days, this time dependant upon the size, need and regularity of application.
BEC5 should not be applied to moles and melanomas. Furthermore, BEC5 should not be used by persons who are allergic to eggplant or aspirin. For full details please see the approved use leaflet below.
A 20 ml. bottle of BEC5 can provide enough material to treat one large skin cancer, two medium sized ones, six small ones or twelve sun spots.
Apart from the need to treat cancer, BEC5's efficacy to help remove and protect against sun spots represents a major step forward in the prevention and "control" of skin cancers. Its ease of use, cost effectiveness, proven efficacy and safety all represent a very significant breakthrough for majority of skin carcinomas, which are by far the most common forms of cancer.
Curaderm / BEC5 Cream 20ml
What does BEC5 contain?
BEC5 cream (20g) contains the active anticancer ingredient Solasodine Glycosides (BEC). It also contains Salicyclic Acid and Urea at relatively high concentrations that assist BEC to kill cancer cells. Salicyclic Acid Urea may irritate the skin.
What is BEC5 used for
This medicine is used to treat areas if the skin that may have become discoloured, thickened or scaly as a result of exposure to sun (UV) light. These areas of the skin are known as keratoses. This medicine is also been clinically shown to be very effective to treat malignant skin cancers such as the non-melanoma basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC).
Before you use BEC5
Tell your health professional if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives or drugs. The anticancer ingredient BEC is present in eggplant, so if you are allergic to eggplant, let your health professional know before you use BEC5. Do not use this medicine if you are allergic to aspirin.
Not to be used on children under 12 years without doctor’s advice. BEC5 should be stored below 25 degrees C. Keep out of Reach of Children.
Areas being treated with BEC5 should remain covered with a dressing such as a micro pore.
BEC5 should not be applied to moles or melanomas.
How to use BEC5
Follow all information given by your health professional carefully. They may be slightly different from the information contained in this leaflet. If you do not understand the directions for use ask your health professional for help.
How to use BEC5
BEC5 is used only to treat external areas of the skin. Scientific published work and trials carried out by many dermatologists (skin specialists) show clearly how the BEC5 treats keratosis, BCC and SCC. The treatment areas may be characterized by swelling, thickening, redness or lesions. Care should be taken NOT to apply BEC5 cream to the unaffected areas. Areas near the eyes or lips should be treated very carefully. BEC5 should be used at least twice daily but may also be used up to ten times daily. It is important to always cover the treated area with dressing such as a micro pore. DO NOT let the area being treated dry out. The area should be treated until it has re-grown with new skin.
Before each application
Firstly cleanse the skin by applying a good antiseptic solution, massaging into the site and then rinsing clean under running water. This ensures removal of dead cells that might otherwise from a barrier against the penetration of BEC5.
Dry the site thoroughly, and then apply a thick layer of BEC5 across the treatment site. Cover with a dressing (micro pore). Wash hands after application.
How much BEC5 to use
Depending on the size of the area to be treated, between approximately 0.1 and 0.5g of cream may be required for each treatment. The total area of skin treated with BEC5 should not exceed 25cm squared at any one time. If larger areas require treatment extra care should be taken.
When to use it and what to expect
BEC5 should be used at least twice daily. In most cases some degree of redness and swelling will be observed during treatment. Tingling or some pain may be experienced for 30 to 60 minutes after each application, this is a normal reaction.
When BEC5 is used the following pattern of response can be anticipated. First reddening, then usually erosion, ulceration and decline of the treated unwanted skin cells followed by re-growth of normal skin tissue. During treatment the lesion may appear worse before treatment. This is because BEC seeks out and destroys the cancer cells that are not visible with the bare eyes.
How long to use BEC5
A usual treatment regime will last for 7 to 60 days, depending on the number of applications per day and on the individual’s sensitivity. When the swelling in the area subsides and the treated skin appears normal, the treatment should be discontinued and the redness will gradually fade. On occasion it may be necessary to prolong the treatment regime. If in doubt it is better to treat the area for an extended period in order to prevent re-occurrence. In this case, the treatment should continue until such time as the lesion has re-grown with new tissue.
If you forget to use BEC5
It is important to ensure a regular treatment regime. Multiple skipped treatments may result in growth of normal skin over the top of the lesion. This can result in masking and thus the incomplete, treatment of the lesion. IF you inadvertently forget to use BEC5, you should recommence using BEC5 at least twice daily, or as originally directed.
If you use too much
Wipe away any excess and then wash BEC5 cream from the affected areas using soap and water.
If swelling, irritation, pain or redness is prolonged, distressing or excessive- seek your health professional’s advice. If you experience any other effects that you believe may be associated with the use of this cream you should also discuss these symptoms with your health professional.
Disclaimer: This product and its statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease.