Soy may help breast cancer survivors

December 8, 2009 1:53:58 PM PST
New research is challenging advice that women at high risk for breast cancer should stay away from soy. Some medical experts have advised breast cancer survivors to avoid soy because it has estrogen like effects that might cause breast cancer to grow. But it's also known to contain chemicals that can fight cancer.

Now, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests soy may do more good than harm when it comes to breast cancer.

The research on thousands of Chinese women finds those who ate the most soy were less likely to have recurrence and less likely to die.

Experts say the findings are reassuring for women who enjoy eating tofu, soy milk and other soy rich foods, but that more studies are needed to confirm the benefits.


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