Can a Mushroom Extract Prevent Cervical Cancer?

Maylin Rodriguez-Paez, RN

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is present in most sexually active women. Their lifetime risk of acquiring genital HPV is 80%.1

For the most part, HPV infections do not cause any health problems and are cleared by the human body. Certain strains, however, are more virulent and may cause cervical cancer.

HPV can be detected up to 99% of cervical cancer biopsies worldwide.2

Currently, there are no medications that treat the virus. The only option for prevention (though controversial) is the HPV vaccine, which can be administered to people under the age of 26.

Fortunately, new hope may be found in AHCC (active hexose correlated compound), a compound found in mushrooms. AHCC may help to eradicate the HPV virus and even treat cervical cancer, according to the results of a recent study.

AHCC Eradicated the HPV Virus and Reduced Tumor Growth

Scientists in Texas treated cervical cancer cells with AHCC and incubated them for 72 hours. In addition, in a separate part of the study, they administered AHCC to mice with and without the HPV infection.

They found that AHCC totally eradicated the virus within 90 days and reduced tumor growth in vivo and in vitro.3 The research was presented at the Society of Gynecological Oncology 45th Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer.

To date, no studies have examined the effect of AHCC on cervical cancer in humans. A pilot study is on its way.

Other Studies Show the Anti-Cancer Effects of AHCC

AHCC works by increasing the body’s immune response. It stimulates natural killer cell activity4 — the cells responsible for seeking out and destroying tumor cells.

In other studies, AHCC has been shown to have anti-cancer effects, boosting the effectiveness of chemotherapy5 and even increasing cancer survival rates among liver cancer patients.4

AHCC is well tolerated, with no reported adverse effects.

Screening for Cervical Cancer is the Best Preventive Method

Apart from strengthening your body with supplementation, it is important that women take precautions in screening for cervical cancer.

An annual Pap smear test is the best way to screen for the disease. When caught early, nearly 100% of cases are treatable. Otherwise, there is no other way to detect cervical cancer, since it’s usually asymptomatic.

The Bottom Line

For more information on cervical cancer, please visit our cervical dysplasia protocol. It provides lots of additional suggestions and information on the topic.

References:

  1. Rev Med Virol. 2004 Mar-Apr;14(2):95-105. 
  2. J Pathol. 1999 Sep;189(1):12-9. 
  3. Available at: http://ahccresearch.com/pdf/AHCC%20HPV%20Study%20Press%20Release%20electronic%20version.pdf. Accessed March 25th, 2014. 
  4. J Hepatol. 2002 Jul;37(1):78-86. 
  5. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2007 Jul

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