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Ashley Adams

Soy May Reduce Lung Cancer Risk in Women

By February 8, 2013

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This week over on lungcancer.about.com, About Guide Lynne Eldridge, MD, posted some recent findings on soy--namely that soy intake may reduce lung cancer risk in women. Because those of you who have followed my blog for a long time know that I believe that, based on research, replacing dairy with soy and plant-based proteins is a good step toward good health, I thought I'd share! And, Lynne linked to to my article on Ways to Cook with Tofu. :)

Thanks for the informative article, Lynne!


February 11, 2013 at 8:15 am
(1) Gayle Streett says:

When doctors discuss the benefits of soy, they donít discuss the dangers of boosting soy and cancer for certain women. I am a breast cancer survivor and I take an estrogen suppressant because my body is estrogen positive. That means that the estrogen in my body attracts cancer cells. My oncologist (a recognized expert in treating breast/ovarian cancers) advises me not to boost soy products in my diet because the body confuses soy as estrogen. Soy has qualities that mimic estrogen. Unfortunately, almost all breast cancer survivors I have met are absolutely nuts about living on a soy based diet due to the many articles they read that only discuss the benefits of soy. I urge women to find out more about their own bodies and receptors for cancer from their doctors.

February 11, 2013 at 1:19 pm
(2) dairyfreecooking says:

Thank you so much for sharing, Gayle. I think that the phytoestrogen content of soy actually gets blown out of proportion in some circles and then is not even discussed in others, you know? Marketing on both sides of the debate is quite powerful, and I feel like target audiences often seem to have their mind made up for them. Most of the dedicated researchers whose writing I’ve read, however, are at a place of caution, but not sold either way.

That said, the majority of research that is out there actually says that soy does not behave like estrogen in the body. This recent article in the NYTimes highlights two studies that show that in the lab phytoestrogens seem to behave like estrogen in the body, but in human studies, the opposite is true—breast cancer survivors who consume the most soy actually have the lowest mortality rate and the lowest rate of recurrence.

I’m not advocating for you or any other women to change their course of action unless prescribed by a doctor. I just think that this discussion is just another instance that demonstrates that even more studies should be conducted on the positive effects and phytoestrogen components of soy.

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