chemistry question #3704



Josh, a 14 year old male from New York asks on November 19, 2006,

Q:

If hydrogen peroxide is bad for cells, why is it good for cuts? Also, how is it a good treatment for cancer?

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the answer

Barry Shell answered on December 8, 2006, A:

It's bad, but not that bad. It's better to have it kill the bacteria in a cut, even if it damages a few human cells. It's still worth it.

As for the cancer question, if you go to the website of the BC Cancer Society in Canada you will find that hydrogen peroxide is not recommended as a cancer treatment, though some alternative practitioners make claims that it works. It is not endorsed by the major cancer agencies and authorities..

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