The scoop on soy and breast cancer is that soy is a great source of protein, and it has very strong links to reducing breast cancer risk. The below is taken from the Soyfoods Association of North America:
“A growing body of research shows that eating a healthy diet that includes soyfoods protects against breast cancer. In an article published December 8, 2009 in JAMA, Dr. Shu of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center reported results of a four year study following 5000 Chinese women with breast cancer that show higher intakes of soyfoods were related to decreases in breast cancer recurrences and death. A 2008 study from the University of Southern California found that the more soyfoods a person consumed, the lower the risk of breast cancer. Women who consumed one serving of soyfoods per day (or at least 20 mg of soybean isoflavones, a bioactive compound found naturally in soy) had a significantly lower risk of breast cancer compared to women who consumed less than one-quarter of a serving per day (5 mg of soybean isoflavones). These results confirmed earlier findings from a 2006 study that soyfood consumption reduced breast cancer risk by 14 percent.”
For the full article please visit SANA’s website.
In 2009 my husband and I completed the Avon 2-Day Breast Cancer Walk. I walked in honor of two customers recently diagnosed. One of these women is now cancer free, the other is still fighting. One in four women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.