Men, before you look away, know that breast cancer is not exclusive to women. As long as you have breast tissues (who doesn’t?), you are a candidate for breast cancer.
Now for the good news! It is possible to drop the odds of getting breast cancer by nearly 90% according to a study.
What is Breast Cancer?
“Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that starts in the cells of the breast. A malignant tumor is a group of cancer cells that can grow into (invade) surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to distant areas of the body. The disease occurs almost entirely in women, but men can get it, too.” –Cancer.org
Why do Asian Women Have Extremely Low Breast Cancer Rates?
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer worldwide. Yet in Asia breast cancer rates in women are six folds lower than in Europe and North America.
Many researchers have attributed the low rates of breast cancer in Asian women to green tea and soy. However green tea may drop the odds of breast cancer only by about 33%.
Soy is much more efficient and drops the odds of breast cancer by about 50%. This is however the case if you start using soy at a young age and follow through all your life. If you start in your teens or as an adult soy can help reduce the risk only by about 25%.
Scientists researched what else Asian women were eating that helped them prevent breast cancer so successfully. They were shocked to find out that women who had a daily intake of at least half a mushroom dropped their odds of breast cancer by approximately 64%. Yes you read it correctly; just half a mushroom per day can reduce breast cancer risk drastically. No one eats half a mushroom of course; the numbers were averaged over a month.
Combining an average of half a tea bag of green tea with half a mushroom per day can reduce breast cancer risk by over 90%.
How do Mushrooms Repel Breast Cancer?
Most breast tumors are estrogen receptor positive and use estrogen to help them grow. Ironically enough if there is no estrogen around; many breast tumors just make their own! In fact the majority of breast cancer cells synthesize estrogen themselves using an enzyme called aromatase.
Mushrooms are known to cripple the enzyme that tumors use to make estrogen. This causes the cancer growth to stop almost entirely. Just 100 grams of mushrooms a day could suppress breast tumor growth according to this particular study.
Which Mushrooms Work best?
There are so many types of mushrooms out there and although most would repel breast cancer growth it is important to know which ones work best for maximum results.
Researchers wanted to know which type of mushroom was the most effective and so they experimented. Out of all the varieties the runner up was incredibly your regular plain white mushroom or white button mushroom (agaricus bisporus) beaten only by the big plain white mushroom for the number one spot. These mushrooms are inexpensive and are readily available in most grocery stores and super markets.
To be sure you are taking the proper measures to prevent breast cancer or to cure it you must talk to your doctor.