Glossary

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Soy: Practical Suggestions

What does it mean?

  • Eating soy and other phytoestrogen-rich vegetables as part of a normal diet will not hurt, and may slightly help protect against risk of breast cancer in adult women.
  • Including soy and other phytoestrogen-rich vegetables in the regular diets of very young girls and adolescents may have a more protective effect on later development of breast cancer.
  • If women with breast cancer enjoy soy products, continued use within a normal diet is healthful.
  • However, for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and who have not regularly eaten soy products in their diet, beginning to take high-concentration soy, genistein or isoflavone supplements is not advised.