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|11/30/2011||I have been diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma in my right breast. It has been categorized as Grade 3, Her 2/neu positive, estrogen positive, progesteone negative. The Breast Center Coordinator told me to stop all soy products because consuming soy is like "pouring gasoline on a fire" with this type of cancer. It has not been staged yet as my surgery is scheduled for 12/08. I can't find any information linking soy to increasing the risk of cancer. I have been drinking soy milk for the past 8 years as I thought it would help to prevent health issues. I have NO family history whatsoever. Is soy an issue for me?|
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|11/30/2011||Thanks for turning to the Johns Hopkins Breast Center. General recommendation is to avoid soy supplements, but soy in food, such as your soy milk, and tofu, is acceptable. It's fine to eat moderate amounts of soy foods as part of a balanced diet. There have been studies of Asian women, who ingest more soy in their diet then women here in the United States, and the results showed an actual decrease of breast cancer occurrence. Talk directly with your breast medical oncologist, or a certified dietician who is educated about breast cancer and diet. Hope this helps and best wishes.|
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