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Consuming soy may reduce the risk of breast cancer

Eating foods with dietary soy may reduce one's risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer during their life, a new study has shown. The findings were presented at the Ninth Annual AACR Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

"This study was unique in that we looked at specific subtypes of breast cancer, and found a suggestion that menopausal status may play a role in risk," said Anne Weaver, a graduate student at the University at Buffalo and research apprentice at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Weaver and her colleagues surveyed more than 1,200 breast cancer patients and healthy women, taking into account their dietary habits and soy intake. Those who had a high intake of the nutrient were found to have a 30 percent decreased risk of having an invasive breast tumor.

While Weaver said these results aren't definitive proof of soy being beneficial for one's health, she maintains that more research should be conducted.

"We definitely saw a reduction that deserves further investigation," she said.

Experts maintain that there are many other super-foods which may lower one's risk for breast cancer. Olive oil, broccoli and green tea all have endless health benefits.
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