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Blood Levels of Omega 3 Fatty Acids Associated with Slight Increase in Prostate Cancer Incidence

In a preliminary study, the development of prostate cancer was associated with presence of higher blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids. These results are unlikely to inform practice regarding taking omega-3 supplements.

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REFERENCES:

  1. Brasky TM, Darke AK et al. Plasma phospholipid fatty acids and prostate cancer risk in the SELECT trial. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2013; epub 1-10.
  2. Klein EA, Thompson IM et al. Vitamin E and Prostate Cancer: The Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT). JAMA. 2011; 306(14):1549-1556.
  3. The Risk and Prevention Study Collaborative Group. n–3 Fatty Acids in Patients with Multiple Cardiovascular Risk Factors N Engl J Med 2013; 368:1800-1808.
  4. Kwak SM, Myung SK, Lee YJ, Seo HG for the Korean Meta-analysis Study Group. Efficacy of Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements (Eicosapentaenoic Acid and Docosahexaenoic Acid) in the Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease: A Meta-analysis of Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-Controlled Trials. Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(9):686-694.


 

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