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Celebration Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 05:56 PM
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Soy compound may halt spread of prostate cancer
http://www.physorg.com/news124695930.html

A compound found in soybeans almost completely prevented the spread of human prostate cancer in mice, according to a study published in the March 15 issue of Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Researchers say that the amount of the chemical, an antioxidant known as genistein, used in the experiments was no higher than what a human would eat in a soybean-rich diet.

Investigators from Northwestern University found that genistein decreased metastasis of prostate cancer to the lungs by 96 percent compared with mice that did not eat the compound in their chow - making the study the first to demonstrate genistein can stop prostate cancer metastasis in a living organism.

These impressive results give us hope that genistein might show some effect in preventing the spread of prostate cancer in patients, said the studys senior investigator, Raymond C. Bergan, MD, director of experimental therapeutics for the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.

Diet can affect cancer and it doesnt do it by magic, Bergan said. Certain chemicals have beneficial effects and now we have all the preclinical studies we need to suggest genistein might be a very promising chemopreventive drug.

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LaurenG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 05:59 PM
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1. This is a good start. Thanks. I think our food supply is a mess
Edited on Sat Mar-15-08 06:02 PM by OhioBlues
and anything that starts to help people become more aware that what they eat can help (and hopefully in this case, "may help" is turned into "does help") or hurt them is a good thing.
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Kutjara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 06:04 PM
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2. There is some suggestion that...
Edited on Sat Mar-15-08 06:30 PM by Kutjara
...consumption of unfermented soy products can actually increase prostate cancer risk. When the soy is fermented, however, this is no longer the case, and fermented soy has been found to actually have anti-cancer properties. I'm guessing, therefore, that the genistein compound may be synthesised during the fermentation process. It'll be very interesting to see how this plays out.
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LaurenG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 06:23 PM
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3. Yes thank you for the information.
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-17-08 01:46 AM
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4. I would like to have seen his facial expression as he said
Edited on Mon Mar-17-08 01:49 AM by quantessd
Diet can affect cancer and it doesnt do it by magic, Bergan said
LOL

But absolutely, diet is central to developing cancer or not. Capsicum (hot peppers) are proven to lower the rate of many cancers, specifically digestive cancers/prostate cancer.
Curry and turmeric prevent cancer. Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower are anti-cancerous foods.

Just to name a few.
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