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Gold, which has been known to be a symbol of wealth and beauty, may now become a symbol of health, according to what a Saudi researcher says.

Dr. Saeed Al-Jaroudi, who has been researching and testing gold compounds as a treatment for cancer in Saudi Arabia, told Al Arabiya English that “the use of gold compounds for the treatment of cancer in the near future looks very promising.”

Jaroudi explained that the idea of using compounds of gold to fight cancer has been researched for the past 20 years, which he has continued and aimed to develop.

“We have experimented on cancer infected rats, and the results so far are incredible,” Jaroudi said.

He conducted laboratory experiments which are considered the first phase for approval to accept the compound as treatment. There are two other phases, he explained, which are animal testing and testing on human subjects. According to Jaroudi this may take from 10 to 15 years.

His idea to use gold compounds as a treatment for cancer is an attempt to find an alternative to the drug Cisplatin which has been in use for 40 years and which has many side effects.


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