Blueberries are readily available and are inexpensive. Blueberries contain resveratrol and flavonoids. Resveratrol possesses several biological activities including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anticancer .Resveratrol has anticancer effect due to its radosensitising properties. Radosensitiser are non-toxic chemicals that make cancer cells more responsive to radiation therapy. Flavonoids are chemicals that may have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties
Yujiang Fang, lead author of the study said; "Radiation decreased cancer cells by approximately 20 percent. Interestingly, the cell group that received only blueberry extract had a 25 percent decrease in cancer. However, the biggest decline in cancer cells occurred in the radiation and extract group, with a decrease of about 70 percent." Blueberries can be used as cost effective natural treatment option for boosting the efficacy of existing treatment.
India has a population of 453.02 million women ages 15 years and older who are at risk of developing cervical cancer. Current estimates indicate that every year 122844 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 67477 die from the disease. Cervical cancer ranks as the 2nd most frequent cancer among women in India.