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Med J Aust. 1997 Aug 4;167(3):138-40.

Phytoestrogens and prostate cancer: possible preventive role.

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Sydney Melanoma/Surgical Oncology Unit, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, NSW.


Phytoestrogens are biologically active plant compounds with both oestrogenic and antioestrogenic actions, and communities whose diets are rich in phytoestrogens have a lower incidence of prostate cancer. A 66-year-old man took phytoestrogen 160 mg (4 x 40-mg tablets) daily for one week before radical prostatectomy for moderately high-grade adenocarcinoma. The resected specimen showed prominent apoptosis, typical of a response to high-dose oestrogen therapy and suggestive of tumour regression. There were no adverse side effects. Studies of the effects of phytoestrogens in prostate cancer may be warranted.

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