Fish oil Supplement Intake may Lower Breast Cancer Risks July 30, 2010

Fish oil supplement intake was found to be associated with a lower risk for breast cancer according to a study published in the July issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

“Use of nonvitamin, nonmineral ‘specialty’ supplements has increased substantially over recent decades,” write Theodore M. Brasky, from Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington in Seattle, and colleagues. “Several supplements may have anti-inflammatory or anticancer properties. Additionally, supplements taken for symptoms of menopause have been associated with reduced risk of breast cancer in two case-control studies there have been no prospective studies of the association between the long-term use of these supplements and breast cancer risk.”

“[T]his is the first prospective study to report on the association of specialty supplements with breast cancer risk,” the study authors conclude. “Our finding of a reduced risk of breast cancer with use of fish oil warrants further study of this agent, focused particularly on timing of exposure and dose, as well as on mechanisms of action that might explain differences by tumor stage or histologic type.”

The study was funded by The National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute.

Source: Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2010;19:1696-1708. Abstract

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