Childhood soy intake cuts breast cancer risk

November 22, 2006 in Cancer Prevention, Nutrition Topics in the News, Women's Health

Childhood soy intake cuts breast cancer risk

Researchers from the US National Cancer Institute report that a high consumption of soy based foods consumed during childhood could significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer later in life.

In the study of over 1500 Asian -American women, participants were asked to answer questions about adolescent and adult diet and lifestyles. By comparing the highest and lowest soy intake values from a food frequency questionnaire, researchers calculated that the highest intake of soy was associated with a 58 percent lower risk of developing breast cancer as adults, compared to the lowest intake.

Soy foods included tofu, miso and natto. These findings were presented at the American Association for Cancer Research's Frontier in Cancer Prevention meeting in November 2006.

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