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Fish oil can help reduce breast cancer risk

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A study has found that postmenopausal women who consume fish oil supplements were at a 32 percent lower risk of developing breast cancer than those who do not. The type of cancer that was tested for here is invasive ductal breast cancer.

The study was conducted by Dr. Emily White from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, and followed some 35,000 women over a period of six years. These women, who were taking 15 different types of supplements, brought to light that those who consumed fish oil were at a lower risk of developing breast cancer.

“There is some limited evidence from my study and others that fish oil may be good for preventing breast cancer, but there is not sufficient evidence to make a public health recommendation right now,” Dr. White told WebMD.

“If you are taking fish oil now for other reasons, this is reassuring that it may have beneficial effects beside what you are taking it for.”

Fish oil, which is full of healthy fat Omega 3 and EPA and DHA, has already been proven to benefit brain and heart health.

Celebrities who have been diagnosed with breast cancer include Christina ApplegateKylie Minogue , Maura Tierney and ‘Sex and the City’ actress Cynthia Nixon.

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