-- Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, June 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There's no evidence
that soy foods protect against uterine cancer, a large Japanese
Soy foods contain isoflavones, a plant-derived estrogen that
some research suggests may be protective against cancer. But
previous studies into how soy foods may affect uterine
(endometrial) cancer risk have yielded inconsistent findings.
This new study included more than 49,000 Japanese women who were
surveyed twice in five years about their diet, lifestyle, medical
history and food consumption of eight soy food items, including
miso soup, tofu and soy milk.
After five years, 112 of the women were diagnosed with uterine
cancer. But the researchers found no association between higher
consumption of soy foods and a lower risk of uterine cancer,
according to the study, which was published June 18 in
BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and
The researchers noted that the women who consumed more soy foods
also ate more fruit and vegetables and tended to be older, more
likely to have a history of diabetes, and less likely to be current
smokers or to consume alcohol or coffee.
"Our study found that intake of soy and isoflavones were not associated with the risk of endometrial cancer," study co-author Dr. Motoki Iwasaki, of the National Cancer Center in Tokyo, said in a journal news release.
"Although the incidence of endometrial cancer is much lower in Asian countries, the incidence rate has been increasing. We also know that the consumption of soy foods among Japanese people is very high," Iwasaki noted.
"We need further studies with a greater number of cases to verify these findings and add to the research base," the researcher concluded.
John Thorp, journal deputy editor-in-chief, added in the news
release, "Confirmation of these results needs further investigation
and larger, more diverse studies."
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