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Cannabis is linked to a 'cancer cure' HEALTH.

Byline: EMILY COOK

CANNABIS helps combat prostate cancer, scientists revealed yesterday.

But patients were warned not to use the drug even though active chemicals halted the spread of the disease.

Cannabis also helped reduce the size of tumours when tested on mice, according to researchers at Spain's University of Alcala.

But Cancer Research UK's Dr Lesley Walker said: "This opens a new avenue to explore potential drug targets but it is at a very early stage - it absolutely isn't the case that men might be able to fight prostate cancer by smoking cannabis.

"Research suggests that prostate cancer cells might stop growing if they are treated with chemicals found in cannabis but more work needs to be done to explore the potential of these cannabinoids in treatment."

Prostate cancer affects more than 35,000 UK men each year and kills around 10,000.

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