A 33-year-old female asked:
just saw a study that showed that fish oil supplements increased risk of prostate cancer. are the benefits worth the risk? still recomended?
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Dr. Ed Friedlander answered
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
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