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Old drug might be new cancer therapy

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The next new cancer treatment may be a 50-year-old diabetes drug.

Scientists say early tests found the drug metformin prevented tumors in mice and reduced the likelihood that diabetics would develop a malignancy.

The drug, which is currently used to lower blood sugar, sells for about 5-cents a pill.

If the latest trials on breast and other tumors are successful, metformin could become a cheap weapon in the fight against a number of diseases including pancreatic and ovarian cancers.

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