Prostate Cancer Survivors May Benefit From Soy; Soyfoods and Supplements Seen as 'Reasonable'

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Soy can be recommended for survivors of prostate cancer who "want to know whether soy might prevent recurrence," Tufts University's Health & Nutrition Letter reports in its coming February issue.

A new review of medical evidence by health experts has found that plant estrogens in soy "might possibly have benefit in delaying prostate cancer progression," the Tufts publication said.

Experts at Harvard Medical School, the National Institutes of Health, and two Canadian institutions have concluded that there's little or no risk for prostate cancer survivors to include soy in their diets, the health letter added.

Lead author of the review of evidence was Dr. Wendy Weiger, who said: "It generally appears reasonable to accept the consumption of soy supplements or soyfoods by patients with prostate cancer."

Many cancer survivors today are looking to nutrition to help prevent future illness, the Health & Nutrition letter said in its lead article -- "eating specific foods, taking supplements, or following certain diet regimens."

Fortunately, the publication said, "scientists have made inroads on the nutrition front for survivors."

Soy has been touted for prevention of hormone-sensitive cancers, including prostate cancer, for a number of years, the Tufts health letter said.

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