Study to investigate DHA as possible breast cancer preventive agent

August 1, 2000 in Cancer Prevention, Nutrition Topics in the News, Women's Health

Study to investigate DHA as possible breast cancer preventive agent

Researchers at The Yale University School of Medicine announced a collaborative agreement with Martek Biosciences Corporation of Columbia, Md to conduct a pilot study to collect preliminary data on the use of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid, as a possible breast cancer preventive agent for women.

Evidence from animal as well as population studies suggests that this omega-3 fat abundant in oily fish may be protective against breast cancer. The goal of this research is to explore a new approach for breast cancer prevention, using DHA, a natural dietary supplement.

DHA is an important building block of the brain and visual tissues. DHA is an important dietary nutrient and is a key component of breast milk. Laboratory studies have demonstrated that DHA oil can suppress human breast cancer metastases in mice.

While animal results are encouraging, now a human study is underway to determine of the value of DHA as a breast cancer preventive agent for women. While we wait for the results, it makes good sense to eat more fish, especially salmon, trout, sardines, mackerel and herring (LB).

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