Ramshorn snails can sometimes become a nuisance in an aquarium because some of them breed so profusely. But here in the Philippines, it seems to serve a different purpose as those horn snails or locally known as “bagongon” were recently discovered to have properties that may be used for câncer treatment development.
University of the Philippines-Manila students found that certain extracts from the horn snails which are locally abundant may prevent “angiogenesis” or the formation of blood vessels from existing ones. The said discovery was published in a study in the journal Acta Medica Philippina just last month. The authors said that the blood vessels supply oxygen and nutrients for the growth of the câncer cells, it is when “angiogenesis” becomes a significant mechanism of growth and spread of the câncer cells inside the human body. When “angiogenesis” is prevented, câncer cells will starve and those cells will never grow nor spread.
“Therefore, the use of anti-angiogenic agents has been an advantageous therapy for câncer. This study evaluated the potential antiangiogenic activity of Telescopium telescopium locally known as Bagongon,” an abstract of the study released by the UP Office of the vice president for academic affairs says.
The study was co-authored by Milany Anne Luay, Mary France Gonzaga and Sharmaine Kae Po, industrial pharmacy graduates. Their adviser is Erna Arollado who is currently the director of the UP Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences. According to an article published by “philstar global”, Sharmaine Kae Po, revealed that their study is only an initial step into finding a câncer cure or a câncer treatment using the extracts from horn snails.
She also clarified that more trials and more studies will be needed for the public to finally acquire the treatment. If this study will be further developed, a lot more Filipinos will find it very beneficial and there will be lesser mortality rates especially to those Filipino families who already lost a loved one because of câncer.