Eating Soy as a Child and Breast CancerFor decades now people have been debating over eating soy. Some feel that eating soy reduces the risk of getting breast cancer, while feels that eating soy actually contributes to the development of breast cancer. However, it seems that this decade-long controversy will soon be put to an end.
A recent study showed that Asian American women who consumed a lot of soy during their childhood were 58 percent less like to get breast cancer.
According to the NCI Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, the rate of cancer cases in the US is around 4 to 7 times more among white women than women who are from China or Japan. However, research shows that when Asian women migrate to the US, the cancer risk becomes at par with the white women and this happens through several generations. This clearly shows that there are other factors in play rather than genes.
The study highlights that eating soy is definitely connected with a reduced risk of developing breast cancer. However, the researchers stress that the when the soy is consumed during childhood is equally important. But, at the moment, the researchers still do not know the exact process of how soy helps to reduce the risk of breast cancer. Nonetheless, the study suggests that the isoflavones present in the soy could cause changes in the tissue. Animal studies suggest that eating soy actually brings about early maturation of the breast tissue and also the tissue is more resistant to cancer causing agents.