According to results of a recent report in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention , a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. Postmenopausal women may be at less risk of developing breast cancer if they take a fish oil supplement for at least 10 years.
Consuming fish oil supplements on a regular basis was linked to a 32 percent reduced risk of breast cancer in an observational study at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle Washington. Fish oil supplements contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. For most of us we do not get adequate amounts of EPA and DHA in our normal diet. The amounts in fish oil supplements greatly elevate the amounts our bodies receive.
the reduction in risk was limited to the most common type of breast cancer ( invasive ductal breast cancer)
The theory is that because the fish oil reduces inflammation in humans it also reduces the inflammation that contributes to the cancer development. Fish oil supplements are a top rated nutritional supplement.
Researchers asked 35,016 postmenopausal women in Washington State between ages 50 and 76, who did not have a history of breast cancer to complete a 24 page questionnaire about thier use of non-vitamin,non-mineral,specialty supplements.
880 cases of breast cancer were identified after six years of surveillance. Other supplements frequently used by women to treat menopause did not seem to be associated with reduced cancer risk. Supplements such as black cohosh, st. john’s wort, dong quai.
This is the first study to show to link the use of fish oil supplements with a decreased risk of breast cancer.
Source: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, American Association for cancer Research (AACR) Canc Epidemiol Biomark Prevent. July 19, 2010
Title: Specialty Supplements and Breast Cancer Risk in the Vitamins And Lifestyle (VITAL) Cohort
Authors: E White, T Brasky, J Lampe, J Potter, and R Patterson
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