In the News: Should Breast Cancer Survivors Eat Soy?

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This week’s study of soy consumption and breast cancer survivors in China has gotten some attention.

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Over on the AICR website, we bottom-line the study results, and provide some evidence-based, practical advice for women who have had, or who are high risk for, breast cancer.

Note:  Soy is one of several much-studied foods featured on the Foods That Fight Cancer? section of the AICR website.

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    Sweat the Small Stuff: Small Changes Make a Difference

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    ManJumpRopeBeachThis time of year can get crazy, and many of us get through it by telling ourselves that we’ll start taking better care of our health — AFTER the holidays are over.

    “I’ll run a marathon!”  “I’ll head to the gym every morning!”  “I’ll bike to work!”

    All laudable goals, to be sure.  But one speaker at our Research Conference argued that such sudden, sweeping changes are tough to make permanent, and only set us up for failure.

    We wrote about him, and his preferred approach to getting more activity, lowering weight — and lowering cancer risk — in this month’s AICR eNews.

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      Selenium Fighting Cancer

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      Chances are, you’ve heard of the mineral selenium because it’s one of those minerals that has shown a lot of cancer-fighting promise over the years. The latest selenium-cancer news being reported relates to colorectal cancer:

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      Presented yesterday at a major cancer prevention conference, the study suggests that a supplement containing selenium reduced the risk of having polpys recur by about 40 percent. (Polyps or adenomas are benign growths on the colon that, over time, can turn cancerous.)

      The 411 participants had already had at least one colorectal adenoma removed. They took either a placebo or an antioxidant compound, which contained selenium, along with zinc, and vitamins A , C, and E. Five years and three colonoscopies later, the selenium-supplement group had significantly fewer polyps occur.

      It’s still a preliminary study – far too preliminary for anyone to start taking selenium (or other) supplements to fight cancer. In fact, experts warn that too much selenium can be harmful. But if you want to add more selenium to your diet there’s plenty of healthy foods you can eat. In general, crimini or portabella mushrooms, eggs, and fish are good sources of this mineral. Need recipes? Last week, Cathy wrote about a recipe for hearty mushroom soup, which you can look at here.

      In other selenium news, Cancer Research Update features a scientist at Roswell Park whose lab studies suggest that a selenium compound may improve cancer treatment.

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