School of Health Sciences


Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


chemoprevention, cancer suppression, essential oils


Biochemistry | Biology | Molecular Biology


Cancer represents one of the costliest and most prevalent diseases to afflict the modern world, even though treatments have evolved steadily over the years and produce an increasingly positive outlook with each development and innovation. Essential oils have been used medicinally- among other purposes- for thousands of years and have begun to attract attention for possible applications to the field of oncology. Numerous investigations and publications have shed light on the possible chemopreventative (antioxidant and antimetastatic) uses of these oils, alongside cancer suppressive (apoptosis-inducing and cytotoxic) abilities that they may possess. With the high annual incidence of cancer and the ever-rising price of treatment, clinical application of essential oils may transform into a viable and effective compliment to current treatments.