Fish oil may fight breast cancer


July 9, 2010

Science News

A large survey of postmenopausal women has found that fish oil may guard against breast cancer. Although the study wasn't designed to show a cause-and-effect relationship, it sets the stage for an upcoming trial of fish oil consumption that may clarify the issue. The scientists accounted for factors that might have influenced the women's cancer risk such as age, body weight, fruit and vegetable consumption, aspirin use, smoking status, age at which they first gave birth and age at menarche. "It seems to me that this is not a fluke or a false positive finding, at least with respect to the methods -- it's pretty solid work," noted Timothy Rebbeck, PhD, professor of Epidemiology in Science News. "Short of a randomized trial, this is as about as well as you can do. This is really something that has to be followed up." Read More