Mushrooms on Your Pizza, Salad May Fight Cancer

Behold the formidable fungus. Not quite plant and not quite animal, it grows in out-of-the-way spots, avoiding attention. But if new studies at City of Hope bear fruit, the white button mushroom may enter the spotlight.

Przemyslaw W. Twardowski (left), Melanie Palomares and Shiuan Chen are investigating whether or not eating mushrooms can reduce cancer risk. (Photo by Paula Myers)
City of Hope researchers are speeding findings about mushrooms’ cancer-fighting properties from the lab to clinical trials. After showing that mushroom extract slows breast cancer growth in mice, the team will soon begin human studies involving breast and prostate cancers.
clipped from www.cityofhope.org
They hope to offer men and women a way to reduce cancer risk — or even stunt cancer growth — through an addition to their diet. The potential is so enticing that the California Breast Cancer Research Program, the American Institute for Cancer Research and the National Institutes of Health supported the lab studies, and the Mushroom Council recently donated $560,000 to support the pilot clinical trials.
Przemyslaw W. Twardowski (left), Melanie Palomares and Shiuan Chen are investigating whether or not eating mushrooms can reduce cancer risk.

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