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Times of India
9 February, 2010
New York, USA

Eating soy may cut risk of lung cancer
Men who don’t smoke and eat a lot of soy may have a lower risk of lung cancer, according to a new study. Soy contains isoflavones, which act similarly to the hormone estrogen, and may have anti-cancer qualities in hormonerelated cancers of the breast and prostate.

Cells in the lung have properties that suggest they may also respond to isoflavones.

Dr Taichi Shimazu, of the National Cancer Centre in Tokyo, and colleagues studied more than 36,000 Japanese men and more than 40,000 Japanese women, between the ages of 45 to 74 years and free of cancer at the start of the study.

They followed the women for about 11 years, after surveying their food intake, smoking status, medical history, and other lifestyle factors between 1995 and 1999. Overall rates of lung cancer were small: 481 men and 178 women were diagnosed during the 11 years of the study.

Among the slightly more than 13,000 men who never smoked, there were 22 lung cancer cases among men who ate the least soy, and just 13 lung cancer cases among those who ate the most.

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