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Fish Oil Supplements Could Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Thu, 08 Jul 2010 06:29:5

David Goodhue - AHN News Reporter

WA, United States (AHN) - Regular consumption of fish oil supplements could significantly reduce a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, according to a new report.

Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Wash. said the omega-3 fatty acid-rich supplement was linked with a 32-percent reduced risk of developing the invasive ductal cancer. Invasive ductal breast cancer is the most common form of the disease.

The researchers asked 35,016 postmenopausal women who did not have a history of breast cancer to complete a 24-page questionnaire about their use of non-vitamin supplement use. The use of other non-vitamin supplements was not associated with a reduced risk of cancer.

The researchers said it was too early to make recommendations based on the results of the study. They said a reason fish oil caplets could lower breast cancer risk is because it has higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids than are found in most people's diets.

The study appears in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

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