The Soy Connection for Health Professionals

Health & Nutrition - Winter 2015 - Vol 23, No 1 Soy and Breast Cancer

In This Issue: 

  • There are indications of links between better survival after breast cancer and maintaining a healthy body weight, being physically active, eating foods containing fiber, eating foods containing soy, and a lower intake of total fat (and, in particular, saturated fat). Current evidence suggests that the consumption of soy must occur early in life, that is, in childhood or during the teenage years to reduce the risk of breast cancer.

Soyfoods in the Diets of Women With Breast Cancer

The impact of soyfood intake on the prognosis of women with breast cancer has been the subject of rigorous investigation for nearly two decades1 -- almost as long as the role of soy in breast cancer prevention has been the focus of attention.2 In both cases the research has been undertaken primarily because of the phytoestrogens or isoflavones in soybeans. Read more

Cancer Organizations Support the Use of Soyfoods by Women With Breast Cancer

Three analyses of the scientific literature by prestigious organizations have evaluated the impact of soy intake on the prognosis of women with breast cancer. On the basis of their assessments, the scientific consensus has gone from one urging breast cancer patients to be cautious about consuming soyfoods to cautiously concluding that doing so may be beneficial. Read more

Diet Modification for Cancer Patients

Dietitians in oncology clinics are frequently asked questions about how to modify diet to prevent the occurrence and recurrence of all cancers, including breast cancer. The World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRFI) has provided some guidance. Read more