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Fish Oil May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Fish Oil May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Researches at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington gathered information from 35,016 postmenopausal women with no history of breast cancer. After six years of follow-up, they found that regular use of fish oil supplement was linked with a 32% reduced risk of breast cancer.

Reported from Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, lead researcher Emily White asked the participants to complete a 24-page questionnaire about their usage of non-vitamin, non-mineral “specialty” supplements. Within the 35,000+ women, they’ve identified 880 cases of breast cancer. The reduction in risk appears to be restricted to invasive ductal breast cancer, which is the most common type of breast cancer.

“It may be that the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil supplements are higher than most people would typically get from their diet”

Emily White, Ph.D., Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

This research is the first to show a link between fish oil supplements and reduction in breast cancer. However, White did not provide any intake recommendations or conclusion, not without additional studies to confirm the linkage. [Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention]

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