SOY AND BREAST CANCER
ANCHOR LEAD: CAN WOMEN WITH BREAST CANCER SAFELY CONSUME SOY FOODS? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Soy foods contain isoflavones, a type of chemical that is similar to the hormone estrogen. Since many breast cancers depend on estrogen, there’s been concern that consuming foods containing soy may worsen breast cancer. Now a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association seems to lay this worry to rest. Ben Park, a breast cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, comments.
PARK: I think the bottom line from my perspective is that moderation is the key. I don’t think that women necessarily need to be afraid of consuming soy products, but they shouldn’t take the message that this is going to make a dramatic difference in the treatment of their breast cancer. Maybe it will in terms of prevention in the future but again, we need to do the more definitive studies to figure that out. Hopefully what we’ll take away from it is that soy is not a bad thing for breast cancer. :24
Since there are also benefits to soy-based foods, women who’ve been avoiding soy can now enjoy them without undue concern. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.