A 33-year-old female asked:
Disclaimer

just saw a study that showed that fish oil supplements increased risk of prostate cancer. are the benefits worth the risk? still recomended?

1 doctor answer
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Faulty reporting: There was a study in which folks diagnosed with prostate cancer had more omega-3's on board; perhaps they were simply more health-conscious, took fish oil tablets / ate fish and got diagnosed earlier. Cause-and-effect makes little biologic sense. The last several studies have shown no cardiac benefit for these supplements; we'd all probably agree that controlling risk factors is far more helpful.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
3
3 thanks

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month

Related questions:

A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Doubt any danger: One paper found that men diagnosed with prostate cancer are more likely to have more of the fish-style fatty acids on board. Hardly proves risk from t ... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Lin
Dr. James Lin answered
50 years experience Urology
Not sure yet, but...: There has been no real study on how selenium & Vit E may induce prostate cancer. Most supplements are preying on public's fear and anxiety for com ... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Lin
Dr. James Lin answered
50 years experience Urology
Here are some...: Any illness always results from multiple factors and is a process of lifelong making. Among those, genetic factor is the underlying one which could no ... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernard Seif
39 years experience Clinical Psychology
Fish Oil & Cancer: Here's a link from Ronald Hoffman, MD about your question. Then you can decide http://drhoffman.com/article/something-fishy-this-way-comes/ You know ... Read More

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month