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HHS HealthBeat (April 6, 2012)

Fish oil and polyps


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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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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: April 6, 2012