This study was published in Environmental Health Perspectives 2011 Nov 2
Study title and authors
Early-Life Exposures and Early Onset Uterine Leiomyomata in Black Women in the Sister Study.
D'Aloisio AA, Baird DD, Deroo LA, Sandler DP.
This study can be accessed at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22049383
Uterine leiomyomata (fibroids) are hormonally responsive tumors, but little is known about risk factors. Early-life exposures may influence uterine development and subsequent response to hormones in adulthood.
The study evaluated associations of early-life and childhood exposures with early onset fibroids in 3,534 black women.
D'Aloisio found that the dietary risk factor for the development of fibroids was having been fed soy formula.