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Breast Cancer Survival, Non-Recurrence, Associated With High Intake Of Soy

December 9, 2009: 11:49 AM EST
Consuming more soy-based foods was associated with lower breast cancer mortality and lower recurrence among patients in a study of more than 5,000 Chinese breast cancer survivors. The estrogen-like effect of isoflavones – phytoestrogens abundant in soy foods – and the potential interaction between isoflavones and cancer-fighting tamoxifen have led to concern among scientists that consuming soy foods might be risky among breast cancer patients. But women who consumed the most soy food – up to 11 grams a day – had the lowest mortality and recurrence rates rate compared with women who ate the least soy food, regardless of tamoxifen use.
Xiao Ou Shu, MD, PhD; Ying Zheng, MD, et al., "Soy Food Intake and Breast Cancer Survival", Journal of the American Medical Association, December 09, 2009, © American Medical Association
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