(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Eating soy-based foods has been associated with a lower risk of developing breast cancer. However, soy products contain chemicals called isoflavones that some fear might increase the risk of cancer recurrence among breast cancer patients.
Now, a new study appears to allay that fear.
More than 16,000 women were followed in a study presented to the American Association of Cancer Research. According to the lead researcher, the results of the study indicate that "it may be beneficial for women to include soy food as part of a healthy diet, even if they have had breast cancer."
They study concludes that soy foods did not increase the risk of cancer recurrence or death in breast cancer survivors, so they need not fear eating soy products.
The authors stress their findings apply to soy foods, not to soy supplements.
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