Mushrooms in pink punnets support the fight against breast cancer

In South Africa breast cancer is most prevalent amongst white and Asian women but it is also the second most common cancer among black and coloured women:

There has in fact also been an alarming increase in the incidence of breast cancer among young black South African women, a group that was previously considered to have the lowest breast cancer risk, is reported. . Similar reports from Europe and the United States also document the rise in early onset breast cancer among young black women.

More than 85 percent of women with breast cancer have no family history of the disease but with all the advances in science, women today have a better chance of surviving breast cancer. The key however, is finding the cancer early.

The increasing numbers of black women being diagnosed with breast cancer is cause for concern. Although there has been an increase in cancer awareness amongst black women many are still presenting themselves at clinics very late, making treatment less successful and their mortality rate much higher. And the disparity is even more striking in younger black women. Pre-menopausal black women are twice as likely to get basal-like breast tumours – a particularly virulent form of breast cancer – than other women, black or white.


One of the key findings to date from the Beckman Institute at the City of Hope Cancer Centre in California and the University of Australia in Sydney in collaboration with Zhejiang University in China is that women who eat an average of 1 mushroom (10gm) per day seem to halve their risk of breast cancer.

The key to breast cancer survival remains early detection:

  1. Examine your breasts.
The sooner breast cancer is diagnosed, the better your chances of beating it, so learn to do breast self examinations every month a week after your period.
  2. Regular medical check-ups. 
Go for annual medical check-ups with your doctor and ask for a breast examination.


Reach for Recovery is a national Breast Cancer Support Organisation. Visit their website at for contact details or contact the National Manager at for more information.