Researchers from Hong Kong University published an article in the ‘Journal of Cancer Research’ noting that blueberries, papaya, and blackberries potentially reduce the risk of developing oral cancer. Lupeol is a triterpene compound abundantly found in these fruits and exhibits anti-cancer properties by blocking NFkB, a naturally occurring protein, which assists cell growth. The study concluded that lupeol suppresses the spread of cancer and reduces tumor size three times faster than cisplatin (a platinum-based chemotherapy drug). Also, lab tests indicate that lupeol does not induce weight loss. Dr. Nigel Carter, Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, notes, “we already knew that a healthy diet, including at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day, could reduce a person’s risk of developing mouth cancer… However, the news that certain fruits might actually help to combat mouth cancer in people who have already developed the condition is a real revelation… It is true that this research is still in its very early stages. However, the suggestion is that the Lupeol compound could be more effective than traditional drugs in preventing the growth of mouth cancer cells." In the UK, oral cancer has a mortality rate of one person every five hours. In the US, the mortality rate is approximately one person per hour (over 8,000 deaths per year).