|From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.
A study indicates that women who eat at least three servings a week of fish with omega-3 fatty acids have a lower risk of polyps that could develop into colon cancer. Vanderbilt University researcher Harvey Murff saw this in data on people who reported what they ate and who had colonoscopies – exams to check for polyps.
Murff says the findings could be another reason to eat fish with omega-3s, such as salmon and tuna:
“There’s already some good data that suggests that omega-3 fatty acids that come from fish help reduce somebody’s risk of having heart disease. And I think this study would suggest that you might also have a reduction in your risk of developing certain cancers.” (13 seconds)
The report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition was supported by the National Institutes of Health.
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Last revised: April 6, 2012