Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Oily fish may boost prostate cancer survival

Monday, November 2008 (foodconsumer.org) - According to a new study published in the current issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, taking omega-3 fatty acids such as DHA and EPA or eating oily fish full of omega 3 may boost the odds of survival for patients diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The study led by Jorge Chavarro from Harvard School of Public Health found an increased intake of fish and omega-3 rich seafood was associated with a 38 percent increased rate of prostate cancer survival.

The prospective cohort study of 20,000 men also found that those who ate five servings of fish per week were at a 48 percent reduced risk of death from prostate cancer compared to men who only ate one serving per week.

The same team of researchers last year published a study in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention saying higher intake of DHA and EPA reduced risk of prostate cancer by 40 percent, but the benefit was not seen with eating fish.

Prostate cancer is diagnosed in about 186,000 men and kills 28,700 men each year in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health.

No comments: