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'Phytoestrogens' Found to Reduce Lung-Cancer Risk

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'Phytoestrogens' Found to Reduce Lung-Cancer Risk

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'Phytoestrogens' Found to Reduce Lung-Cancer Risk

'Phytoestrogens' Found to Reduce Lung-Cancer Risk

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Eating vegetables and other foods with weak estrogen-like activity appears to reduce the risk of developing lung cancer in both smokers and non-smokers, say University of Texas researchers.

In this week's Journal of American Medical Association, the scientists report that study participants who ate the highest amount of foods with dietary "phytoestrogens" had a 46 percent reduced risk of developing lung cancer, compared to those who ate the least. More than 3,500 people took part in the study.