Prevention by vitamin E of experimental oral carcinogenesis

Published on Thursday, 02 March 2023


In the standard model for hamster buccal pouch, using a 0.5% solution of 7,12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene [(DMBA) CAS: 57-97-6], it was shown that vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) inhibited carcinogenesis. With a less potent carcinogen (0.1% DMBA), vitamin E was shown to prevent tumor development.

Eighty (total) male and female Syrian hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus) were divided into 4 equal groups.

After 28 weeks, animals in group 2 that had left buccal pouches painted with 0.1% DMBA (in heavy mineral oil) three times/week and that had been given 10 mg DL-alpha-tocopherol on alternate days (i.e., two times/wk) showed no tumors there.

However, the pouches of group 1 animals that had been similarly painted with DMBA but that had received no vitamin E demonstrated grossly and microscopically the presence of epidermoid carcinomas.


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See also:

- Official Web Site: The Di Bella Method;


- The Di Bella Method (A Fixed Part - Alpha tocopheryl acetate/Vitamin E, approximately 20 grams per day orally);

- Cancer and Vitamin E (analogues and/or derivatives) and cancer - In vitro, review and in vivo publications;

- Solution of retinoids in vitamin E in the Di Bella Method biological multitherapy;

- The Di Bella Method (A Fixed Part - All-Trans Retinoic Acid, Analogues and/or Derivatives - Approximately 60mg per day orally: 40mg per day Beta-Carotene/β-Carotene, 10mg per day ATRA and 10mg per day Axerophthol palmitate);

- All-Trans-Retinoic Acid (ATRA - analogues and/or derivatives) - In vitro, review and in vivo publications;

- Beta-Carotene or β-carotene in Solution of retinoids in vitamin E in the Di Bella Method biological multitherapy;


- The Di Bella Method DBM improved survival objective response and performance status in a retrospective observational clinical study on 23 tumours of the head and neck;

- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia: Long-Lasting Remission with Combination of Cyclophosphamide, Somatostatin, Bromocriptine, Retinoids, Melatonin, and ACTH;

- Neuroblastoma: Complete objective response to biological treatment;

- Oesophageal squamocellular carcinoma: a complete and objective response;

- A retrospective observational study on cases of anaplastic brain tumors treated with the Di Bella Method: A rationale and effectiveness;

- Recurrent Glioblastoma Multiforme (grade IV – WHO 2007): a case of complete objective response achieved by means of the concomitant administration of Somatostatin and Octreotide – Retinoids – Vitamin E – Vitamin D3 – Vitamin C – Melatonin – D2 R agonists (Di Bella Method – DBM) associated with Temozolomide.