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  1. Introduction.
  2. The use of plants for medicinal purposes.
  3. Treatment of Cancer by plants.
  4. The Autumn crocus and colchicines.
  5. Hemp.
  6. White Birch Tree.
  7. The Happy Tree.
  8. The Taheebo.
  9. The Mayapple.
  10. Periwinkle.
  11. The English Yew and the Pacific Yew.
  12. Broccoli and other vegetables.
  13. Tomatoes.
  14. Other plants that have potential anticancer drugs.
  15. Prevention of Cancer by plants.
    1. The consumption of plants for better health.
    2. Phytochemicals.
    3. Antioxidants.
  16. Conclusion.

Cancer is considered one of the most dreaded diseases that have spread with increasing incidence throughout the world. Cancer is spreading at an alarming rate with an estimate of over 10 million new cases and six million deaths in the year 2000 alone and the incidence and mortality of cancer have increased by 22% since 1990 until 2003 (Jin Ming Kong and Yinghong Liu 2007). In 2005, over 1.3 million Americans will learn they have cancer, and of the expected 570,280 cancer deaths it's estimated that more than 168,000 of those will be caused by tobacco use and one-third will be related to poor nutrition, physical inactivity, being overweight or obese or other lifestyle factors. That makes up 62 percent of all cancer deaths (Cancer).

[...] Yews have been used by Native American tribes as brews to treat rheumatism, arthritis and fever while the Japanese have used its leaves to treat diabetes and even to induce abortions (Cyberbotanica: Plants and Cancer Treatments 1998). The barks of these yews have been discovered to contain compounds that have anticancer properties. Pacific yews have barks that contain the compound paclitaxel that were discovered during the 1960s to have anticancer properties. A similar compound, known as docetaxel, also with anticancer properties, was also discovered from the needles of the English yew. [...]

[...] The objective of this paper is to give an overview of the use of plants as an effective way to prevent and to cure cancer. This paper will also identify some of the plants and the compounds that are extracted from them that are being used in the treatment of cancer. The action of these plant- extracted compounds on the cancer cells will also be discussed in this paper. Lastly, this paper will also give a foresight on the future of the use of plants in the fight against cancer. [...]

[...] The use of colchicines also has several side effects such as the lowering of white blood cells or leukocytes and teratogenic birth defects if used by pregnant women (Cyberbotanica: Plants and Cancer Treatments 1998). Hemp Hemp, Cannabis sativa, is an annual herb that belongs to the Cannabaceae family commonly known to several regions as marijuana, bhang, ganja or hashish. It is a plant that grows to a height of 3 to 10 feet tall, has hairy 5 to 7 serrated leaves which are often sticky with resin. [...]

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