Feature Friday: Prostate Cancer Awareness Week

Did you know that here in Canada, September 14th-18th is Prostate Cancer Awareness Week? It is with good reason, as prostate cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian men.

The Canadian Cancer Society statistics estimate that 25,500 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009, and 4,400 will die from it.

The good news is, research shows 30 to 35 percent of all cancers can be prevented by eating well, being active and not being overweight. Along with physical activity and not smoking, healthy eating is one of the cornerstones for cancer prevention.

The Canadian Cancer Society recommends choosing 5 to 10 servings of vegetables and fruit every day to reap the benefits of their disease-fighting antioxidants and phytochemicals. As they are low in calories and fat, have very little carbohydrate and provide some fibre, fresh mushrooms are a delicious way to eat healthy. In addition, emerging research suggests that nutrients in mushrooms, specifically beta-glucans and selenium, may have potent anti-prostate cancer activity.

Beta-Glucans

  • Beta-glucans, a type of carbohydrate, found in Maitake mushrooms, destroyed human prostatic cancers cells in a laboratory setting.

Selenium

  • Researchers in the Netherlands found that men who ate the most selenium in their diet had a 31% lower risk of developing prostate cancer.
  • Eating foods rich in selenium may also lower the likelihood of developing prostate cancer and slow prostate cancer tumor progression according to results from the Physicians’ Health Study.
  • A single 100 gram serving of fresh crimini mushrooms provides 37% of your Daily Value of Selenium.

More on mushrooms and prostate cancer can be found here:
So your concern is Breast & Prostate Cancer ~ Mushrooms Canada
Breast & Prostate Cancers ~ Mushrooms Canada
Researchers study mushrooms’ cancer-fighting potential ~ City of Hope
What is Prostate Cancer? ~ Canadian Cancer Society

posted by Brittany

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