Chinese researchers have found that a higher intake of fish oil; not fish necessarily, may help women counter breast cancer. This new found link may have big implications for women’s health in the coming future. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Breast Cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in U.S. women. Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy recently fueled the debate over the issue nationally.
The study found that a high intake of fatty acids found in fish oil related to a 14 percent reduced risk of Breast Caner in postmenopausal women. “These findings could have public health implications with regard to prevention of breast cancer through dietary and lifestyle implications,” the authors wrote of their work published in the British Medical Journal. Fish oil may help postmenopausal women counter breast cancer rates by its availability as a dietary supplement. Many nutritionists recommend that fish oil is good for any diet initiative designed for improving health. “Increased n-3 PUFA intake has a protective effect for breast cancer,” said researcher Duo Li, a professor of nutrition at Zhejiang Univeristy in Hangzhou, China.
According to the trade publication Nutrition Business Journal, Americans spent $739 million in fish oil supplements in 2008. With it previously being promoted for heart related issues, its most recent designation as a breast cancer deterrent has sparked a market resurgence. Many critics of the research have been torn about the findings; some case control studies have not found an association regarding the protective risk of breast cancer as it relates to the fish oil link. “The reasons behind the finding that fish oil supplements were linked to a lower risk of breast cancer are unclear,” said Dr. Kathy Helzlsouer, breast cancer expert and director of the Center for Prevention and Research at Mercy Health Services in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Helzlsouer went on to say that the link between fish oil consumption and breast cancer prevention was “modest” at best. She stated the Chinese researchers in their report expressed the need to further explore the relationship of the link.
The positive news for women is that fish oil is not harmful and the research revealed it may help to counter breast cancer in postmenopausal women. The Critics have attested that fish consumption would be more preferable as to supplements in addressing health concerns regarding diet. By Thomas Barr Source 1