The breast formed part of the reproductive system consists of tissue overlying the chest (pectoral) muscles. In women, the breasts are made of produces milk (glandular tissue) and fatty tissue.
According to the statistic, in 2010, over 250,000 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in women in the U.S. alone and the risk of getting invasive breast cancer during the lifetime of a woman is 1/8.
Most cases of breast cancer start with cell growth disorderly on the surface of the inner lining of the breast tissue. At the later stage, malignant cells can infected other healthy cells and tissue far the way from the breast through fluids and blood circulation.
The exact causes of breast cancer are unknown. However, aging, reproductive history, dense breast, family and personal breast cancer history, particularly in women with the genetic preposition of BRCA 1 and 2 are some of the most prevalent factors associated with the disease.
Dr. Carroll KK wrote, "High-fat diets are thought to increase the risk of breast cancer because animals develop mammary cancer more readily when they are fed high-fat compared to low-fat diets, and breast cancer incidence and mortality are higher in countries with high-fat as compared to those with low-fat diets".
These results strongly suggested the long-term high fat diet is associated with the increased risk of breast cancer.
Ashwagandha also is known as Withania somnifera is a nightshade plant in the genus of Withania, belonging to the family Solanaceae, native to the dry parts of India, North Africa, Middle East, and the Mediterranean. The herbal medicine has been considered as Indian ginseng and used in Ayurvedic medicine over 3000 years to treat tumors and tubercular glands, carbuncles, memory loss, and ulcers and considered as anti-stress, cognition-facilitating, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging herbal medicine.
With an aim to find a potent compound for the treatment of symptoms associated the chemotherapy in breast cancer patients, researchers examined the Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) anti side effects of chemo drug.
The open-label prospective nonrandomized comparative trial included a total of on 100 patients with breast cancer in all stages undergoing either a combination of chemotherapy with oral Withania somnifera at a dose of 2 g every 8 hours or chemotherapy alone.
Taken altogether, Ashwagandha may be considered a functional herb for the prevention and an adjunct therapy combined with the primary medicine for reduction of chemo drugs side effects in breast cancer patients, pending to the result of larger sample size and multicenter study
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(1) Effect of Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) on the development of chemotherapy-induced fatigue and quality of life in breast cancer patients by Biswal BM1, Sulaiman SA, Ismail HC, Zakaria H, Musa KI. (PubMed)
(2) An anti-cancerous protein fraction from Withania somnifera induces ROS-dependent mitochondria-mediated apoptosis in human MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells by Dar PA1, Mir SA2, Bhat JA2, Hamid A3, Singh LR4, Malik F5, Dar TA. (PubMed)
(3) Dietary fat and breast cancer by Carroll KK. (PubMed)