Another Thumbs up for SoyMay 31, 2004
(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Another study uncovers more evidence that soy plays a part in cancer prevention. The latest research focuses on women and the risk of endometrial cancer. Endometrial cancer is cancer affecting the lining of the uterus.
Since soy has been found to be beneficial for breast cancer and prostate cancer, researchers from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., conducted a study to determine if soy is beneficial for endometrial cancer.
The study included Chinese women in Shanghai. Researchers interviewed 832 women who were diagnosed with endometrial cancer and 846 healthy women. The amount of soy intake over five years was measured as well as current body measurements.
Researchers found regular consumption of soy foods is associated with a reduced risk of endometrial cancer, particularly among overweight women. Soy foods are a rich source of isoflavones and also may contain high amounts of fiber.
Researchers say the rates of endometrial cancer vary widely in different countries. Asian women have a lower rate of the cancer than their Western counterparts. They say diet, including the intake of soy, may play an important role in this difference.
SOURCE: British Medical Journal, 2004;328:1285-1288
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