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Topic: EPA and DHA Intakes from Marine Sources may be Associated with
Improved Breast Cancer Prognosis
Reference: “Marine Fatty Acid Intake Is Associated with Breast Cancer
Prognosis,” Patterson RE, Pierce JP, et al, J Nutr, 2010 Dec 22; [Epub ahead
of print]. (Address: Moores UCSD Cancer Center, University of California,
San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA).
Summary: In a follow-up study involving 3,081 women who had been diagnosed
and treated for early stage breast cancer, results indicate that dietary
supplementation with marine fatty acids (EPA and DHA) may be associated with
reduced risks of additional breast cancer events and all-cause mortality.
The women were followed-up with for a median of 7.3 years. After adjusting
for confounders, women with higher intakes of EPA and DHA from marine
sources showed a 26% reduced risk of additional breast cancer events and a
41% reduced risk of all-cause mortality, compared to women with the lowest
intakes of EPA and DHA from marine sources.
CONCLUSION: Thus, the authors of this study conclude, “The investigation
indicates that marine fatty acids from food are associated with reduced risk
of additional breast cancer events and all-cause mortality.”