How was the eggplant extract (BEC) invented?

Solanum Linnaeanum

For many years, farmers used the fruit of the devil’s apple plant (Solanum Linnaeanum) to cure eye cancer in cattle. Although they found it effective, didn’t have an scientific answer for it. This brought the plant to Dr. Cham‘s attention and encouraged him to begin his research, which would continue for more than a quarter of a century. He made the research of the plant his life purpose as wanted to discover the compound of the plant and how it could benefit humans.

His dedication paid off when he discovered the compound formed by the mixture of purified glycoalkaloids, which he later patented. This compound’s name is BEC 5, and it is also present in fruits such as eggplant. The eggplant is a member of the Solanaceae family, which classifies it as relative of the tomato, green pepper and tobacco.

Can you just eat eggplant and cure skin cancer?

The eggplant on its own doesn’t help fight cancer of the skin because of the presence of “free sugars”. These “free sugars” negate the anticancer properties of BEC. This means that if one were to eat eggplants, he would also be ingesting the “free sugars” that destroy the eggplant’s anti-cancer properties.


The process that Dr. Cham brought to formulate Curaderm is the following:
He first extracted alkaloids from eggplant and identified these as solasodine. However, solasodine had no anticancer properties, so he modified his extraction procedure to obtain the alkaloids in their natural state. Thanks to this, he discovered that the alkaloids were not present as free alkaloids. But were linked to certain sugars, converting them into glycoalkaloids. Therefore, he purified these glycoalkaloids and developed a compound with tremendous anticancer properties.

Curaderm, eggplant extract cream for cancer of the skin

Dr. Cham developed Curaderm cream, a topical for cancer of the skin that contains these purified glycoalkaloids (BEC). Curaderm cream has been tested over a period of more than thirty years. The tests include basic research, preclinical and clinical research. He is the inventor of the BEC active compound, and BEC is found in the formulations known as Curaderm BEC5 and Curaderm BCC, which are used as a treatment for non-melanoma skin cancers. Both are the same, the difference is just a matter of marketing strategy.

Dr. Cham and his team are currently testing the properties of BEC in trials in patients suffering from terminal internal cancers.