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Miso Soup, Soy Compound Lowers Breast Cancer Risk

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) June 17 - Japanese women who are frequent eaters of miso soup, a soy-filled staple of Japanese cuisine, and soy ingredients called isoflavones appear to be less likely to develop breast cancer, researchers reported Tuesday.

Women in Asian countries have only a fraction of the risk of breast cancer seen in Western countries, and the current findings add to a growing body of evidence that suggests isoflavone intake might help explain why.


Guidelines Issued for Cancer Treatments

3/6/03 - Healthnotes Newswire—A team of researchers has

developed a set of guidelines to help doctors advise their patients about the safety and efficacy of various treatments for cancer. Their report, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine (2002:137:889–903), evaluates a wide range of therapies, including dietary modifications, nutritional supplements, herbs, acupuncture, massage therapy and exercise.

Massage therapy may help relieve anxiety associated with cancer.


Man's Best Friend to Be Trained to Sniff Out Cancer

Mon Apr 28, 2003

LONDON (Reuters) - Man's best friend is to be trained to sniff out the leading cause of cancer in British men.

Researchers from Cambridge University, England, and the city's renowned Adenbrooke's Hospital are to apply for funding for a trial to use dogs to detect signs of prostate cancer, which affects over 20,000 British men a year, in urine.

"We will train the dogs to distinguish the odor of urine from men with malignant prostate," Dr.


Major Dietary Patterns and the Risk of Colorectal Cancer in Women

Teresa Fung, ScD; Frank B. Hu, PhD, MD; Charles Fuchs, MD; Edward Giovannucci, ScD, MD; David J. Hunter, ScD, MBBS; Meir J. Stampfer, DrPH, MD; Graham A. Colditz, DrPH, MD; Walter C. Willett, DrPH, MD

Arch Intern Med. 2003;163:309-314.

Background  Several foods and nutrients have been implicated in the development of colon and rectal cancers. In this study, we prospectively assessed the associations between major dietary patterns and the risks of these 2 cancers in women.


Genetic Link to Thyroid Cancer Found

WEDNESDAY, April 16 (HealthScoutNews) -- A single genetic mistake is responsible for about two-thirds of papillary thyroid cancers.

That claim comes from a Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center study in the April 16 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

The finding could help scientists develop new therapies to counteract this genetic aberration.