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AGRIBUSINESS: Study Suggests Soy Foods Can Fight Colon Cancer

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A new study from the University of Illinois suggests that a component in soy foods can protect against colon cancer.

The study found that replacement of cells in the human gut doesn't work as it should in most colon cancer patients. In laboratory rats, exposure to genistein, a compound in soy-rich foods, brings that replacement back to normal levels.

The study's author, professor of food science Hong Chen, believes her findings show that dietary and environmental factors, and even stress levels, can influence susceptibility to colon cancer.