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Fish Oil Supplements Associated With Reduced Breast Cancer Risk In Large Study

July 8, 2010: 12:58 PM EST
A large U.S. study of postmenopausal women with no history of breast cancer found that regular consumption of fish oil supplements rich in omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA reduced the risk of breast cancer. A questionnaire asking about use of non-vitamin, non-mineral “specialty” supplements was completed by more than 35,000 women. Six years later, 880 women reported they had breast cancer. Fish oil supplements were associated with a 32 percent reduction in breast cancer risk, particularly invasive ductal breast cancer, the most common form. However, the lead researcher cautioned against inferring any recommendations from the study. “Without confirming studies specifically addressing this,” she said, “we should not draw any conclusions about a causal relationship.”
Theodore M. Brasky, Johanna W. Lampe, John D. Potter, Ruth E. Patterson and Emily White, "Specialty Supplements and Breast Cancer Risk in the VITamins And Lifestyle (VITAL) Cohort", Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, July 08, 2010, © American Association for Cancer Research
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