Prostate Cancer Risk Cut by Eating a Rich Omega-3 Diet
by Kirsten Whittaker
fatty fish per week had a 63% lower risk for being diagnosed with aggressive
prostate cancer than men who never ate this type of fish.

This isn't the first research to find that men who ate this type of healthy fatty fish had
a decreased risk for the this most dangerous, deadly forms of cancer.

Still more clinical trials are needed to see which foods high in omega-3 fatty acids
reduce the risk of aggressive prostate cancer.

"There is a lot of evidence that omega-3 fatty acids protect against heart disease
and other diseases by targeting inflammation - and that may be what is going on
here," John S. Witte, PhD explains. He and researchers from the University of
California, San Francisco studied 466 men with aggressive prostate cancer; 478 men
without the disease.

The subjects filled out questionnaires on foods they ate, and had a genetic analysis
performed so that the team could identify variants of the Cox-2 gene, which ups the
chance of developing prostate cancer.

What the analysis uncovered was that men who ate little or no fatty fish and also
had the Cox-2 variant were 5 times more likely to develop prostate cancer that was
advanced.

The men who had eaten lots of omega-3 fatty acids had a reduced risk of disease...
even those who had the genetic variant Cox-2.

This amounted to eating one or more servings of fatty fish each week.

"The increase in risk associated with having the Cox-2 variant was essentially
reversed in men who ate fish one or more times a week," says Witte.

In a 2007 study, omega-3 researcher Jorge Chavarro, PhD from Harvard Medical
School and colleagues found a 41% reduction in risks of prostate cancer for men
who ate more omega-3 rich food than those with lower intake.

The Harvard team also found that men who ate fatty fish before getting a prostate
cancer diagnosis, and continued to do so afterward, were less likely to lose their lives
to this disease.

Omega-3 has been shown to be particularly protective against the more aggressive
prostate cancers.

Even now, many questions remain.

No one is sure if the effect of the omega-3 in the fish works only on the aggressive
form of cancer. Experts are starting to wonder if prostate cancer may be better
divided into aggressive forms and more local, benign cancers.

While more work is being done, your best bet if prostate cancer is an issue, or even if
it isn't, is to consider a diet rich in omega-3s, possibly even using omega-3
supplements, to help reduce the risks.

Some of the foods you might consider including in a rich omega-3 diet (besides
salmon) are halibut, sardines, shrimp, clams, catfish, cod, albacore, trout and herring
as well foods like walnuts, oils like flaxseed and canola and delicious veggies like
spinach.


About The Author

Kirsten Whittaker

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Eating a rich omega-3 diet that
includes foods containing essential
fatty acids such as salmon and
others, seems to reduce the risk of
an aggressive form of prostate
cancer according to research
appearing in the April 2009 issue of
Clinical Cancer Research.

This association was most
pronounced among men with a
genetic predisposition to an
aggressive form of this type of
cancer.

Men who ate one or more servings of
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