BEC5 cream, also known as Curaderm, is an effective, convenient and non-invasive treatment for non-melanoma skin cancer. Curaderm cream is particularly potent when used to treat basal-cell carcinomas (BCC) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCC), although it is also effective on benign tumours such as sun spots, age spots, Keratoses and Keratocanthmoas.
BEC5 Curaderm contains a specially purified plant extract from the Solanum Sodomaeum from the Australasia region. The extract, known as Solasodine Glycosides is also found in the aubergine / eggplant but in much smaller quantities.
After two decades of research and clinical trials, biochemist, Dr. Bill E. Cham has discovered BEC5 works because it contains a plant sugar called rhamnose, (which is not usually found in mammalian species). Specific endogenous lectins, (which are receptors for the sugar part of the glycoalkaloids) are present in the plasma membranes of susceptible cancer cells, but they are not present in normal cells. Therefore BEC5 recognizes and binds the sugar rhamnose of the glycoalkaloid to the cancer cell. Subsequently, this enters the cancer cell and causes cell death by destroying the lysosome.
Aside from the estimated 80,000 people that have used BEC5 cream to treat their non-melanoma skin cancers, there have been numerous clinical trials conducted in both Australia and Great Britain which have confirmed BEC5’s ability to treat BCC and SCC cancers.
In one study, across 72 patients, treatment with BEC5 cream resulted in the regression of all treated lesions (56 actinic keratoses, 39 BCCs and 29 SCCs), with 100% healed after 1 to 13 weeks of treatment.
Recent trials in 10 UK hospitals found that a twice daily topical application of BEC5 cream to the affected areas gave a complete remission to 78% of the patients within 8-weeks. The remaining 22% of patients had also improved and needed longer treatment times, crucially this was achieved without chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery.
Dermatologists at the Royal London Hospital concluded that: “BEC5 is a topical preparation which is safe and effective, an ideal therapy for outpatient treatment… It is a cost effective treatment for both primary and secondary skin cancer care.”
The figure above shows A) The clinical diagnosis of a BCC on the nose of a patient before treatment with BEC5 – B) During therapy and C) the site of the treated BCC after completion of therapy.
The figure above shows a large BCC on the temple. This BCC had been surgically removed and skin grafts applied on two previous occasions, only to return. Just four weeks treatment with BEC5 resulted in full regression and no recurrence after 5-years. Note the cosmetic result.
BEC5 Curaderm cream was recently featured on the popular Dr Oz Show on American television, presented by Dr. Mehmet Oz. BEC5 was championed by Dr. Joseph Mercola the renowned alternative health advocate. Read his article here. To read more of his article, click here. There is a longer article relating to BEC5 cream, which may also be of interest to you. Here is the link to the Curaderm story on Dr Oz’s website.
It is also worth remembering that we have a wealth of articles and videos that feature prominent doctors and the BEC5 Curaderm inventor himself, Dr. Bill Cham.
Simply clean the area to be treated with a mild antiseptic to remove old skin cells. Then apply BEC5 relatively thickly to the area at least twice daily and cover with a micro pore. Avoid the eyes. Continue to use the cream for a minimum of 7 days and a maximum of 60 days, dependent upon the size of the non-melanoma cancer you are treating.
BEC5 cream only kills cancer cells and in the course of treatment it’s normal to take a while for the destroyed cancer cells to be removed by the natural processes of the body. While this process is in effect, the affected area may seem redder than before application, but this will desist and eventually leave the affected area clearer.
BEC5 Curaderm cream is non-invasive, easy to apply and represents a proven, cost effective treatment for non-melanoma skin cancer.
Disclaimer: Please note that only your own physician can determine your precise needs, but in order to give you some information these answers are based upon the ‘average person’ and clinical / published results.
Since I started using the BEC5® Curaderm cream my skin cancer has reddened and looks worse and larger than before, is this normal?
The cream will only kill cancer cells not normal cells, however in the course of treatment those cancer cells have to be removed (by the natural processes) and hence the area being treated often looks worse, before it looks better (See the examples on our web-pages).
Please remember to clean and disinfect the area to be treated before each application and once the BEC5® has been applied to cover the region with a micropore (a bandage with holes in it), this will keep the cream moist and make it much more effective. For the majority of patients, the area should be ‘back to normal’ within 8 to 12 weeks of application.
I have read on other websites that sometimes the contents separate at higher than 77F. I am guessing it might be due to the coconut oil used in making it. Although the liquid in my tube does not appear to be separated when I shake it, I am concerned because your literature says it should be kept below 25C (77F).
Please note that Curaderm can be stable for several weeks at temperatures higher than 25C, although it is difficult to be precise about ‘damage’ caused primarily through separation at very high temperatures.
The patient will soon know if the cream is damaged once it is applied to a cancerous lesion, because a reaction should be seen within a couple of days. If there is no reaction whatsoever, then either (a) there are no cancer cells present on the spot of application or (b) the cream has become damaged.
However, in the many years we have sold many thousands of Curaderm cream we know of only two cases of heat damage, so this possibility is very rare.
I have had 2 SCCs removed from my mouth over the past 24 years – one on the lip and the last ( 5 years ago) from the right buccal mucosa (cheek). I have had a suspect lesion near the place of the last excision for several months and though it has not yet been biopsied I was wondering if I might try curaderm on it?
Can curaderm work inside the mouth?
BEC5 can be used successfully to remove SCC and BCC’s from all areas of the skin, but the problems arise when these are areas are close to parts of the body that exude liquids (the mouth, eyes etc).
It really depends on the capability to keep the cream on the lesion concerned, the drier it can remain the better. We appreciate that wet areas for example inside the mouth are extremely challenging and that applying a micropore for example after application is particularly difficult.
The bottom line is that more applications may be necessary each day, or expect a longer treatment time than 8-12 weeks (which is the norm), however it is possible that the technology can fail in wet areas because it is washed away too quickly before it can act.
Please remember to always to clean and disinfect the lesion before each fresh application of cream.
If the lesion is covered with a micropore dressing, how often should this be changed?
Change the dressing after each application of the cream, so at least twice a day.
I’ve seen some swelling and water retention around the lesion – is this normal?
Normally this is a reaction to the antiseptic you are using and not the BEC5 cream. We would recommend that you use www.hibiclens.com. It remains important to cleanse the lesion with antiseptic each time, before you reapply the cream.
I’ve been applying the cream twice a day for several weeks, but it still appears to be ‘work in progress’ when can I expect results?
The typical treatment period is 8 to 12 weeks, although for some people it is shorter and occasionally for some it is a bit longer. It all depends on a number of factors including, the size of the lesion being treated, its position (and difficulty to reach), the age and condition of the patient and how often the cream is applied daily.
The BCC is completely gone but my skin is still very red and raw, what can I use to speed the healing process?
The area needs to heal after the treatment period; it is typical for more blood to appear in the lesion (in order to speed the healing process) and hence appear redder for a period afterward. To aid healing we would recommend using Tamanu oil.
Can BEC5® be used to treat cancerous cells under the skin?
No. To remain accurate to the clinical trials and published research we have to maintain that BEC5 cream is only successful against non-melanoma skin cancers and sunspots.
Will BEC5 have any effect, good or bad on psoriasis? I developed psoriasis when a dermatologist gave me Aldara® to treat my basal cell carcinomas.
We don’t think it will affect the psoriasis in anyway, it should be noted however that during treatment the area becomes red and inflamed as the cancer cells are destroyed and the new skin appears. Remember to always disinfect the area before applying BEC5® and then to apply a micropore to keep the cream moist.
I have SCC inside my body and on the outside of my Anus. I currently went through two chemo drugs and I’m having radiation every day. They want to do more chemo can BEC5 be used on and in the anus?
We have no data on the treatment of SCC near / on the anus. Depending on size and whether the SCC has moved into the anus it would be difficult to treat this lesion with BEC5. The patient should be made aware of potential metastasis of the SCC, and should seek medical advice.
We are sorry that the news is not more positive. The patient may want to add Bio-Energy® and laetrile cream to their program.
If the lesion has to be covered with a micropore dressing, how often should this be changed and the cream reapplied?
This is as per the regular instructions it is important to disinfect on each cleaning / reapplication. As noted before it is not 100% necessary to cover with a micropore, but if this is not done then the patient will experience a longer treatment period, unless they are prepared to increase the daily applications etc.
I have a squamous cell carcinoma on my forehead. I have had them in the past and I am not excited about another scar on my face. I understand that BEC5 has been effective in preventing and eliminating existing squamous cell lesions.
To try it the cream needs a period of 8-12 weeks, sometimes less, sometimes a little more, it all depends on the size and time the cancer has existing and how often the cream is applied etc. So far in Dr. Cham’s trials there have been no reoccurrences of a SCC or BCC over a period of 5-years in more than 80,000 patients providing they have NOT had surgery first. This is because the cream follows ‘a trail’ of the cancer cells into the skin, surgery can disturb this trail and because the surgeon is trying to remove all the cancer cells, but not the healthy cells, when some are left under the skin, it is why with surgery there is a few percent chance that a couple of years later the cancer can reappear.
Of course the decision is yours, but clearly you would have to cancel your surgery if you wanted to try the cream. We would also recommend Dr. Cham’s book the eggplant skin cancer cure particularly for your surgeon when he/ she tells you that they’ve never heard of such a treatment… The book has the full story, full references (including published studies in peer reviewed journals) and many before, during and after pictures.
Can I apply the BEC 5 cream to the BCC lesion with my finger as long as my hands are clean (washed with saline or soap)? My BCC is so large (10cm x 8 cm) that I find other methods cumbersome. What are your thoughts as far as the most optimal approach? My non adhesive gauze has a plastic (or plastic like) surface. It works very well in that it does not adhere. My concern is that it may not allow any (or minimal) oxygen through to the lesion. Is there any particular covering you would use with a lesion as large as mine? (It is on my chest).
Clean fingers are fine and Micropores are available in different sizes and on ‘rolls’ to be cut to size, a good local pharmacy should be able to help.
I have been using Curaderm 2x a day for 16 days when the skin split I quit and put vitamin E oil on it for 3 days until skin healed. I started back on Curaderm and a large area around the BCC turned red and burned is this normal?
This is the action of the cream, you should continue until the area has naturally healed, the cream will only attack BCC and SCC lesions. Remember to clean the lesion each time with an antiseptic, we recommend www.hibiclens.com
If the lesion is near a nerve then some burning sensations can be felt due to the presence of salicylic acid- so this is normal, usually it passes after a few days of continued treatment.
I read to keep it out of the sun what effect does sunlight have on healing? If it dries out is E oil ok to moisten or what is ok? Is lotion ok? Does any product hinder the Curaderm? Or react negatively?
It is important to keep the area moist – hence the recommendation to cover the lesion with a micropore. It is not vital, but if not done properly then the treatment period is much longer- or the cream has to be applied more frequently. Vitamin E is no problem to apply, but the best for the healing is Tamanu oil.
How will I know when to stop applying Curaderm? I thought the skin looked healed until I reapplied it (scary).I put Curaderm on other areas of clean skin of face and no burn, or color change (no reaction).How important is it to stay covered constantly?
When the skin is pink and fresh, at this point only healthy cells are visible and then the natural skin’s healing process will take over to produce the final normal skin covering.
When I reapplied Curaderm after 3 days withdrawal why did the area brighten red more than previously? How soon should I see results? Are there any supplements, food that will prevent, assist the process of curing, preventing skin cancer? Will applying more than 2 times a day speed the healing? Is Curaderm harmless?
The area needs to heal after the treatment period; it is typical for more blood to appear in the lesion (in order to speed the healing process) and hence appear redder for a period afterward. A typical treatment period (from start to finish) is 8-12 weeks, sometimes shorter sometimes longer, it depending on numerous factors including the size of the lesion etc.
There are no known contraindications with Curaderm.
Skin cancers can be triggered by excess iron in the blood reacting with sunlight. Obviously one should not overexposure one’s self to UV rays, but on the other hand some sunlight is necessary on a regular basis in order to produce vitamin D. If one is getting too much sun a good sun cream such as Solaris® with an SPF of 25+ are recommended (Solaris® will still enable a tan which is what most people want from sun exposure) – a balance is required.
Using chelation agents such as Detox Pro (DSMA) can help reduce heavy metals levels throughout the body, another good example is Beyond Clean®, a bath salts created by Dr. Garry Gordon that is simply placed in the tub water and you soak in it as normal. This will reduce iron levels in the skin and is evident by the time one can be in the sun before burning occurs, in theory at least this can reduce the possibility of sun spots and SCC and BCC lesions occurring.
Two spots that I thought were sun spots are much larger in diameter and the center is open pink / red, have I applied too much or for too long? Is it time to stop? Is vitamin E oil ok to use? I stopped applying Curaderm and thought it would look normal when time passed? The BCC I put more and more Curaderm as the red area got larger and an inch above skin tore while cleaning now it’s an open wound. Should I just cover the area where the tiny spot was? What will the wound look like when it’s time to stop? Yesterday the skin cover came off the BCC spot and the skin was pink and smooth.
Keep going it takes time, keep it moist, remember to clean with antiseptic each day. You can see photos on IAS website or in Cham’s book ‘The Eggplant Cancer Cure’ regarding what before, during and after results look like.
Vitamin E shouldn’t harm, but we’d recommend only applying additional lotions like that or Tamanu after the treatment period with BEC5 otherwise it could lengthen the whole treatment period.
My mother is 73 years old and she has squamous cell carcinoma in her right jaw bone. The chin area here is now feeling numb but the skin externally looks normal. Dr has advised my mother to use this cream twice a day but after reading the instructions it appears that this cream should only be used if the skin looks disfigured on the outside and that it gets worse before it gets better. Should my mum start to use the cream now that her skin still looks normal in the hope that the cream will seep into the cancerous cells and kill them but without damaging her now normal looking skin?
The cream will only kill cancer cells not normal cells, however in the course of treatment those cancer cells have to be removed (by the natural processes) and hence the area being treated often looks worse, before it looks better.
There is no harm in applying the cream to normal skin cells; if there are no cancer cells present there will be very little change.
Please remember to clean and disinfect the area to be treated on each pre-application occasion and after the BEC5 has been applied to cover the region with a micropore (a bandage with holes in it); this will keep the cream moist and make it much more effective. For the majority of patients, the area should be ‘back to normal’ within 8 to 12 weeks of application.
I wonder if the study performed at the 10 centres in the U.K. are available. My dermatologist and I would be delighted to see a double-blind, vehicle-controlled, randomized study as this apparently was.
We have listed below all the current references, some of which can also be found directly on Medline, they all pertain to BEC5 Curaderm, a few of them are human clinical studies.
In specific regard to the UK hospital trials, they were “open” trials rather than double-blind, which means that patients and doctors knew what was being used etc. To the best of our knowledge these trials have not yet been officially published in a Medline approved publication, although we are checking with the inventor, Dr. Bill Cham to see if that is the case.
However, you and your physician may like to read the letter we have on file from St. Bart’s Hospital London, one of the British hospitals in the trial to see the conclusion of those physicians involved with the use of BEC5 on patients with skin cancers.
If you haven’t done so already, you may like to read Dr. Cham’s article here
What’s the main difference between 5-fluorouracil (5FU) and BEC5 cream?
5FU is a powerful, destructive medication and must be used exactly as directed. It is used generally for two to eight weeks preferably in the winter months. During the treatment period the patient should avoid sunlight. 5FU works on the DNA of cells, normal cells as well as cancer cells. Because cancer cells divide faster than normal cells in the skin 5FU appears to kill more cancer cells than normal cells but nevertheless normal skin cells are also killed by 5FU. 5FU only kills cells when the cells are dividing. 5FU is a synthetic chemical.
On the other hand, BEC5 cream specifically seeks out and destroys cancer cells only and not normal cells. It does not work on the DNA of the cells.
BEC5 kills cancer cells whether they are dividing or not. The active ingredients are glycoalkaloids extracted from plants. The glycoalkaloids in BEC5 are completely safe and do not affect normal cells. However, the salicylic acid in BEC5 may irritate and sometimes causes a burning effect on the skin. Salicylic acid is a derivative of aspirin and is present in BEC5 to enhance the lifting off of the outer layer of the epidermis so that the glycoalkaloids have full accessibility to the unwanted keratoses or cancer cells. When treating keratoses with BEC5 usually only two weeks or less are required to eliminate the keratotic cells. Finally, the cosmetic outcome is superier when BEC5 is used when compared with 5FU.
I have water retention around the treated area with Curaderm BEC5. I am going to use the same antiseptic that I have been using since the first application of the cream until I receive the proper one from www.hibeclens.com.I have a question, how can I get rid of the accumulated water under my skin?
It is a probable reaction to the antiseptic that you are using, the sooner you switch to Hibiclens and start using it, the sooner the water retention will dissipate.