Soy intake in association with menopausal symptoms during the first 6 and 36 months after breast cancer diagnosis.

Dorjgochoo T, Gu K, Zheng Y, Kallianpur A, Chen Z, Zheng W, Lu W, Shu XO
Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2011 130 (3): 879-89

PMID: 20703939 · PMCID: PMC3092014 · DOI:10.1007/s10549-010-1096-4

It has been suggested that soy food and its components may relieve menopausal symptoms (MPS) including hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness in healthy women. However, little is known about the effect of soy food intake on MPS in women with breast cancer. We examined associations of occurrence of MPS with soy food intake in 4,842 Chinese women aged 20-75 years who had non-metastatic breast cancer and had not used hormone replacement therapy. MPS were assessed at 6 and 36 months after cancer diagnosis using a standardized questionnaire, and associations with soy food intake were evaluated in multivariate regression analyses. Daily soy food intake was assessed at 6 months postdiagnosis and over the first 36 months postdiagnosis using a validated food frequency questionnaire. The prevalence of MPS was 56% at 6 months and 63% at 36 months postdiagnosis with the hotflash being the most common MPS (~44-55%). Hot flashes occurred mainly in premenopausal breast cancer patients who were in the highest quartile of isoflavone intake at 6 months postdiagnosis (OR = 1.20, 95% CI: 0.98-1.59) compared with the lowest quartile. This association was stronger at 36 months postdiagnosis (OR = 1.59, 95% CI: 1.02-2.48). We found no significant associations for any MPS, night sweats, or vaginal dryness. Neither tamoxifen use nor BMI modified the association between MPS and isoflavone intake. There was no evidence that soy food consumption reduced MPS among breast cancer patients. High soy intake may increase the prevalence of hotflashes among premenopausal patients. Our study suggests that soy acts as an estrogen antagonist in breast cancer patients.

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Adult Aged Breast Neoplasms Female Humans Isoflavones Menopause Middle Aged Risk Factors Soy Foods Time Factors Young Adult

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