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Fish Oil Linked to Lower Breast Cancer Risk
Taking fish oil supplements may help reduce breast cancer risk, shows a preliminary study in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
In the study of 35,016 older women with no history of breast cancer, those who reported currently taking fish oil supplements on a regular basis had a 32% reduced risk for developing invasive ductal breast cancer, compared with women who did not take fish oil supplements.
Exactly how fish oil may affect breast cancer risk is not fully understood, but it may be related to its strong anti-inflammatory properties. Some research suggests that inflammation plays a role in the development of breast and other cancers.
"This study is one of the largest studies that have come out showing that there may be role for fish oil in the prevention of cancer, specifically breast cancer," says Lorenzo Cohen, MD. "It is most likely useful for cardiovascular risks, and the jury is still out on whether it helps in the prevention of breast cancer, but it's not going to hurt," he says.
It’s buyer beware when it comes to choosing fish oil supplements, he says. "Some products may be contaminated with heavy metals," he says. "If you are not going to get fish oil from the fish itself, do appropriate homework to make sure you choose a reputable product," he says.
Dr. Iverson's Comment
Nature has provided what we need for good health. Fish oils are from fish. They are one of the few supplements that are not manufactured in the laboratory from synthetic chemicals. Yes indeed! The majority of multivitamins on the market are made from synthetic chemicals no different than prescription medications. Fish oils are concentrated from the fish itself. Inherently it would be even better to follow Nature’s path and eat the fish whole, although in my experience, we are exposed to so many inflammatory factors that adding extra fish oil is often necessary to neutralize the inflammation.
Yes you should be concerned about the company that is selling fish oil because of the contaminants. The government has standards against a certain level of mercury but typically the cheapest brands will not be as clean as the slightly more expensive or professional brands (those you can only buy through a doctor or pharmacy.)  
This is another good reason to take your fish oils (EPA/DHA) regularly and choose the better quality brands. I commonly recommend patients to take cod liver oil because of the added benefit of the vitamin A and vitamin D which has profound effects on immunity and mucous membranes. Commonly I will recommend about 3 grams twice daily for an adult.
Your grandmother knew best! Open wide :)
Andrew Iverson 
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