Probiotics may prevent breast cancer: Study
Asian News International
American society for microbiology researchers has suggested these findings may ultimately lead to the use of probiotics to prevent cancer.
In the study, Reid's PhD student
Researchers found that women with breast cancer had elevated levels of Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus epidermidis, two bacteria known to induce double-stranded breaks in DNA in HeLa cells, which are cultured human cells. They say the breaks are prone to errors, which can cause cancer to develop.
Health-promoting bacteria Lactobacillus and Streptococcus (lactic acid bacteria) were more abundant in women with healthy breasts, both are anti-carcinogenic.
"Besides fighting cancer directly, it might be possible to increase the abundance of beneficial bacteria at the expense of harmful ones, through probiotics," said Reid.
He added antibiotics targeting bacteria that abet cancer might be another option for improving breast cancer management.
The study is published in journal of Applied and Environmental Microbiology. (ANI)