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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – A recent study indicates that mushrooms can help fight cervical cancer.

In the study, researchers treated cervical cancer cells with AHCC, which is a proprietary extract made from the thread-like part of the mushroom.

Researchers were able to suggest that AHCC can eliminate HPB infections and may have a role in the prevention of HPV-related cancers.

“The results of this study were very encouraging,” Dr. Judith A. Smith, at the University of Texas Health Science Center Medial School at Houston, and lead researcher on this study, told Science Codex. “This study, initiated in 2008, shows that by itself AHCC has the potential to treat the HPV infection.”

AHCC helps the body heal itself and supports the body’s two basic types of immunity – innate and adaptive. The mushroom extract provides help by increasing the production in the agents that are involved in the body’s first line of defense.

This method has been used in Japan for decades and is that country’s leading alternative cancer therapy.

“AHCC is a common, well tolerated nutritional supplement that has been used for decased in Japan, I am very excited to be pursuing a nutritional approach to trying to find a treatment for HPV infections,” Smith said.

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. HPV is the term for a group of more than 150 related viruses, which up to 70 percent of sexually active adults will acquire at some point in their life.

A confirmatory pilot study in HPV+ is underway at UTHealth Women’s Center.

The study was presented at the Society of Gynecological Oncology 45th Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer in Tampa, Fla.

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