Sunday, August 21, 2011

Cancer Risk from Omega-3

Omega-3 may increase prostate cancer risk, but benefits outweigh risk!

Heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids may increase the risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer, whilst omega-6 and trans-fats may reduce the risk of the cancer, according to new research.
The counter intuitive findings come from a study published in American Journal of Epidemiology. The research analyzed data from a nationwide study involving more than 3,400 men.
Researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center found men with the highest blood percentages of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), had 2.5 times the risk of developing aggressive, high-grade prostate cancer compared to men with the lowest DHA levels.
Researchers led by Dr Theodore Brasky said that men concerned about heart disease should not reduce their omega-3 intake in response to the cancer link.

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