Did you know that curd has anti-carcinogenic properties and has the ability to lower the risk of breast cancer? Sufficient amount of intake of probiotics can help increase the proportion of beneficial bacteria in the breast, hence it aids in preventing the risk.
Various studies conducted by scientists have shown that health promoting bacteria that is considered to be good for health, such as Streptococcus and Lactobacillus, are more commonly found in healthy breasts rather than in cancerous ones. Both the groups are found to have anti-carcinogenic properties.
Gregor Reid, Professor at Western University in Canada said, “Our work raises the question that should women, especially those at risk for breast cancer, take probiotic lactobacilli to increase the proportion of beneficial bacteria in the breast?”
Contrary to the common belief, women who had breast cancer also reported high levels of Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus epidermidis, which are supposed to be harmful bacterias’ are known to induce double-stranded breaks in DNA in HeLa cells (cultured human cells).
The researchers said, “Double-strand breaks are the most detrimental type of DNA damage and are caused by genotoxins, reactive oxygen species and ionizing radiation.”
“The repair mechanism for double-stranded breaks is highly error prone and such errors can lead to the development of cancer.”
“Further, natural killer cells are critical to controlling growth of tumors and a low level of these immune cells is associated with increased incidence of breast cancer.”
“Streptococcus thermophilus produces anti-oxidants that neutralize reactive oxygen species, which can cause DNA damage, and thus, cancer.”
A study which was published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, can possibly lead to the use of probiotics to protect women against breast cancer.
Reid said, “Antibiotics targeting bacteria that abet cancer might be another option for improving breast cancer management.”
“In the study, the team obtained breast tissues from 58 women who were undergoing lumpectomies or mastectomies for either benign (13 women) or cancerous (45 women) tumors, as well as from 23 healthy women who had undergone breast reductions or enhancements.”
“They used DNA sequencing to identify bacteria from the tissues and culturing to confirm that the organisms were alive.”
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