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October 07, 2019

Mushrooms may lower risk of prostate cancer, study says

Consuming three or more servings of the fungi per week decreased the diagnosis rate by 17%

Men's Health Prostate Cancer
Mushrooms prostate cancer

Japanese researchers found that more than three servings of mushrooms a week can lower the risk of prostate cancer by 17%.

Men with a taste for mushrooms may lower their chances of developing prostate cancer, a long-term study suggests. 

Japanese researchers found that men who ate one or more servings of mushrooms a week reduced their risk of prostate cancer, according to the findings published in the International Journal of Cancer.

Scientists examined data from 36,499 men, between the ages of 40 and 79. Of the participants, 3.3% were diagnosed with prostrate cancer during the study. 

Researchers found those who consumed mushrooms at least once or twice a week had an 8% lower risk of developing prostate cancer compared to those who ate mushrooms less than once a week,. Those who ate the mushrooms three or more time per week had a 17% lower risk of prostate cancer compared to those who had less than one serving a week. 

The risk was particularly lower among men, 50 and older, with a diet high in meat and dairy products, the study says. Mushrooms lowered the risk of prostate cancer despite the quantity fruit and vegetables or meat and dairy a person consumed. Researchers warned, that mushrooms are not a substitute for a healthy diet. 

The study examined groups of men from two different Japanese cities. Men from Miyagi was studied from June 1990 to December 2014. The second group from Ohsaki was studied from January 1995 to March 2008.  The men were asked to fill out questionnaires related to their lifestyle choices, including food consumption, physical activity, and drinking habits. 

Prostate cancer affects one in nine men in America. In 2019, there have been more 174,000 new cases and more than 31,000 deaths so far this year. 

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