Red Clover Isoflavones for Prostatic Carcinoma

Reference: Stephens FO. Phytoestrogens and prostate cancer: Possible preventive role. MJA 1997; 167:138-40.

Summary: This paper describes the case of a 66 year old man with rising prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels. Transrectal biopsies revealed the presence of low-grade adenocarcinoma cells three years after the first elevated PSA was detected. For the seven days before he underwent prostatectomy, the patient took 40 mg of a phytoestrogen preparation made from Trifolium pratense (red dover) four times daily. The postsurgical specimen revealed adenocarcinoma with histological findings seen in prostates removed from men who underwent estrogen therapy. The author discusses the epidemiological and biochemical evidence supporting an anticancer role for phytoestrogenic compounds.

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By E. Yarnell

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