Soy isoflavones may protect from breast cancer

December 26, 2000 in Cancer Prevention, Nutrition Topics in the News, Women's Health

Soy isoflavones may protect from breast cancer

Researchers from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, working with cancer researchers in Hawaii, have determined that a higher intake of soy isoflavones can reduce the chances of breast cancer in women.

The researchers found that women who don't have breast cancer have about a 60% high level of isoflavones in their systems than women who suffer from breast cancer.

The study was discussed last week at a meeting of the International Chemical Congress of the Pacific convened in Hawaii. Researchers confirmed earlier studies that, because of high levels of soy foods in Asian diets, Asian women tend to have lower rates of breast cancer. In this study, records of more than l00 women in Shanghai, China, were used. Approximately half of the women in the study group were breast cancer victims.

The Tennessee-Hawaii study is one of the latest to report on the growing belief that soy diets, including soy isoflavones in particular, can play an important role in preventing a variety of cancers, including breast cancer in women.

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