prostate cancer

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A recent study [update 2013: the study link was removed by the host] claims that “Too Much Fish Oil Might Boost Prostate Cancer Risk.” Please question what you read.

Below is a great summary from Thorne Research on why the latest “study” on prostate cancer and omega-3 fatty acids is essentially nonsense.

In fact, it’s debatable as to whether or not it is even really a study at all.

The media, in it’s eagerness to broadcast anything that is inflammatory and will attract attention, did absolutely no investigation into the quality of this information, nor was any context presented.

This is a lesson to never simply accept the conclusion of people who publish a study. More often than not their conclusion isn’t supported by the data in their study. You either have to read it yourself, or find someone you trust to interpret it for you. 

From Thorne Research:

As you may be aware, an article published in the July 2013 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute suggests there is an association between elevated plasma omega-3 fatty acid levels and a heightened risk of prostate cancer. 
This study must be interpreted with a significant degree of caution for a variety of reasons: