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Charles Miller rellim at tulane.edu
Fri Sep 22 09:00:15 EST 2000

New reviews in the August 2000 issue (Vol. 108 p A370 and p 701-8) of
Environmental Health Perspectives describes research into the relationships
between soy foods and breast cancer. These reviews cite data that suggests
that soy phytoestrogens may be playing an estrogenic (promoting) role in the
genesis of breast cancer. Genestein (a phytoestrogen from soybeans) has
recently been shown to contribute to breast cancer in rodent models of the
disease. In this model, in utero exposure predisposed rodents to breast
cancer. The authors conclude that dose, tissue, and timing of exposure to
soy compounds determines the protection from or facilitation of breast
cancer. They suggest that additional phytocompounds in soy foods may
modulate the effects of estrogenic/antiestrogenic compounds such as

Charles A. Miller, III, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1430 Tulane Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504)585-6942    rellim at tulane.edu
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