Nov 30, 2012 07:01AM SelenaWolf wrote:
At some point, we all have to make choices about what we feel comfortable with. For myself, personally, I feel that a "moderation is all things" approach is acceptable. I recognize the scientifically-proven link between alcohol consumption and breast cancer risks, so I've reduced my intake substantially. However, once-in-awhile, I still indulge in a chilled glass of wine. This is what I'm comfortable with, but someone else might not be.
You will find tons of "do this" "don't do that" articles out there. You will find information on "cancer-fighting foods" and "cancer causing foods". You will dig up data on foods with phytoestrogens (a "don't") and theories about creating an "alkaline" body environment (a "do"). It can get a little crazy and overwhelming.
I think that, when articles talk about "do's" and "don'ts", there is a lot of generalization. And I've always felt that many of the "don'ts" we read about cannot be proven scientifically or, at least, to anyone's satisfaction. For every "do", you'll find a conflicting "don't".
Personally - again, my opinion only! - I don't think small amounts of soy are an issue. I could be wrong, but my impression is that the studies are targeting diets that contain a great deal of soy products. Again, some of the information is conflicting and unconclusive and some of the information very strongly shows that soy products should be avoided.
I don't think there is a comprehensive list here (again, I could be wrong), but many of the ladies here have made personal decisions based on what they feel comfortable with. Some things are hard- and fast rules: don't smoke; don't drink more than 1-2 alcoholic drinks a week OR don't drink period; keep your weight within normal ranges; and exercise. The jury is still out on the sugar issue: that is, currently, being researched via the Metformin clinical trial, which should wrap up in 2017. I think large amounts of soy on a daily basis is, perhaps, unwise until it is proven conclusively one way or another that it is safe (or not). Some women avoid certain plastics and products with parabens or estrogens, but there are some women here who've been given the "go ahead" by their oncologist's to use a topical cream with estrogen in it to ease menopausal vaginal atrophy because 1) the estrogen is not being ingested, and 2) the estrogen levels in the cream are so low as to be negligable.
This is something you should discuss with your oncologist or a nutritionist/dietician or a naturopath if it really concerns you.