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Fish Oil cause of Prostate Cancer.

Started 1373537294.743 in Health & Fitness | Last reply 1373923198.22 by taja123

I just read the study in the UK that fish oil supplements increased risk of prostate cancer by SEVENTY PERCENT. They also recommended oily fish only twice a week. Once a week for pregnant women.

I take 3000 mg Omega 3 daily. If it causes prostate cancer, wouldn't it cause other cancers, also?

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gazelle771373537845.9339002 PostsRegistered 3/1/2013
Just another study....I would not worry about it before you read how the study was done, how long they did the study for, who were the people in the study(ages, nationalities ,Heath, etc.). So many studies are poorly done!

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Thingamajig1373538015.4931960 PostsRegistered 7/13/2006

Whoaaaa, those are scarey scary statistics!

I just read the report, and there was nothing mentioned about other types of cancer.....So far.

hckynut1373558934.07319391 PostsRegistered 5/20/2006Nebraska

Been taking some form of fish oil for over 35+ years. Get a digital and PSA every year. Age is 74 and my PSA is always under 2.0. I've had so many digitals because of my colon bleeding issues,and have yet to have any Urologist or other doctor say anything but "not a sign of a problem".

Wonder if this study did a complete lifestyle analysis?


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Buck-i-Nana1373560217.097770 PostsRegistered 9/26/2007South West Ohio

These studies could make any rational reasonable person go crazy. They seem to think that they exist in a vacuum and are totally unaware of any other aspects/impacts. Did they do a comparison regarding the potential impact on heart health to stop eating fish twice a week or taking a quality omega-3 supplement? Was the heart risk of stopping higher than the potential prostate cancer risk of continuing?

Personally, I've come to the conclusion that the majority of researchers go in with a conclusion they want to reach and then back in to it making the research support it.

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lolakimono1373560613.4713205 PostsRegistered 3/29/2012

There is a difference between causation and correlation.

straykatz1373570437.428617 PostsRegistered 6/13/2007

MY DH is opting to stop taking Fish Oil after hearing of this study today...I think men need to weigh the pros and cons on this and make the decision that they feel is best for themself.

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missbonbon1373571275.823733 PostsRegistered 2/9/2011

A manager at a GNC store recently told me that we should take Omega 3's, but stay away from Omega 6. Too bad I never questioned as to why.

Tyak1373571634.5871739 PostsRegistered 1/25/2013

Next week another study will come out that says Omega 3's are the best things to come along in ages to PREVENT prostate cancer, or at least to lower your risk by 70%.

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Buck-i-Nana1373582813.197770 PostsRegistered 9/26/2007South West Ohio
On 7/11/2013 straykatz said:

MY DH is opting to stop taking Fish Oil after hearing of this study today...I think men need to weigh the pros and cons on this and make the decision that they feel is best for themself.

Your dh should read this:

"Dr. Iain Frame, director of research at Prostate Cancer U.K., said to the Telegraph that if men are concerned about their prostate cancer risk, they should talk to a medical professional.

"Omega 3, such as is found in oily fish, has been the focus of a large amount of research in recent years, the majority of which points to it having wide ranging health benefits when eaten as part of a balanced diet," he said. "Therefore we would not encourage any man to change their diet as a result of this study, but to speak to their doctor if they have any concerns about prostate cancer.""

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Rainbows a­nd Roses1373583138.2218545 PostsRegistered 6/4/2011

My daughter in law eats fish all the time and she is 5 months pregnant....she will not listen to me when I suggest fish once a week and no PORK. She is from China.

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Rainbows a­nd Roses1373583231.318545 PostsRegistered 6/4/2011

When I asked a doctor she saw having an ultra sound a few weeks ago the doctor said Well, her country eats fish all the time and their babies are ok........ugh

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millieshops1373583561.214701 PostsRegistered 3/15/2007

I am listening to the evening news as I write. The details offered differ from those in OP's alarming post. I wouldn't start taking capsules if I didn't already, but if I were taking them, I wouldn't stop unless maybe I'd already been diagnposed with prostate problems. The study was apparently tiny - and no what causes one cancer doesn't necessarily cause other kinds.

I really wish posters would be really careful with the details of medical news and advice.

inky1373584742.597130 PostsRegistered 5/27/2006

I have not read the study - so I'm not sure of the details.

but I do know that Murcury is dangerous to your health.

Unfiltered Fish Oil contains murcury.

Plant based DHA's or "Purified to remove murcury" versions of omega-3's should be safer.

(be carefull handling those new light bulbs too)

cabbi1373584996.4331611 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 7/11/2013 Rainbows and Roses said:

When I asked a doctor she saw having an ultra sound a few weeks ago the doctor said Well, her country eats fish all the time and their babies are ok........ugh

Well, she does not have a prostate gland, so this doesn't affect her.

Desertdi1373585294.66315808 PostsRegistered 7/14/2007Surface of the Sun

Is anybody old enough to remember the cranberry scare?????????

taja1231373608273.0032476 PostsRegistered 1/22/2012
On 7/11/2013 millieshops said:

I am listening to the evening news as I write. The details offered differ from those in OP's alarming post. I wouldn't start taking capsules if I didn't already, but if I were taking them, I wouldn't stop unless maybe I'd already been diagnposed with prostate problems. The study was apparently tiny - and no what causes one cancer doesn't necessarily cause other kinds.

I really wish posters would be really careful with the details of medical news and advice.

How could the "details" I offered differ in any way, when I did not offer details. I really don't understand your complaint. Anyone can get the details online. I happen to take Andrew Lessman's Omega 3's, three a day, and I find the article of interest to me. I had no intention of alarming anyboddy, but I don't think the study should be a secret. This does happen to be a wellness board.


haddon91373623068.9676045 PostsRegistered 10/18/2005Bucks County, Pa

The article doesn't say who funded the study. That makes a world of difference!!

JESSA1373737791.2532306 PostsRegistered 12/18/2010

Every week they come out with something. First it's good then it isn't...enough to drive you crazy.

hyacinth0031373746184.0036543 PostsRegistered 11/8/2005
On 7/11/2013 Desertdi said:

Is anybody old enough to remember the cranberry scare?????????

Yes, my grandfather kept smoking while stopping cranberries and tuna fish!

Hyacinth

viwanton1373749980.01814 PostsRegistered 11/26/2011

I don't get excited about these so called studies. I have more important things to be concerned about.

goldensrbe­st1373837460.24316 PostsRegistered 2/3/2010BEAUTIFULL, MAINE

My husband michael, just passed april 25th, from prostate cancer, he was 63, had it for 12 years, did radation, hormal thearpy, several types, had good care, at beth israel hospital from a well known specialist, then last july ,of 2012, had to stop work, could no longer work, the psa was well over 700, cancer was spreading, had two types of chemo, nothing worked.

WHEN SOMEONE YOU LOVE, BECOMES A MEMORY, THAT MEMORY, BECOMES A TREASURE.

goldensrbe­st1373837654.117316 PostsRegistered 2/3/2010BEAUTIFULL, MAINE

My husband michael, just passed april 25th, from prostate cancer, he was 63, had it for 12 years, did radation, hormal thearpy, several types, had good care, at beth israel hospital from a well known specialist, then last july ,of 2012, had to stop work, could no longer work, the psa was well over 700, cancer was spreading, had two types of chemo, nothing worked.

WHEN SOMEONE YOU LOVE, BECOMES A MEMORY, THAT MEMORY, BECOMES A TREASURE.

taja1231373923198.222476 PostsRegistered 1/22/2012
On 7/14/2013 goldensrbest said:

My husband michael, just passed april 25th, from prostate cancer, he was 63, had it for 12 years, did radation, hormal thearpy, several types, had good care, at beth israel hospital from a well known specialist, then last july ,of 2012, had to stop work, could no longer work, the psa was well over 700, cancer was spreading, had two types of chemo, nothing worked.

I'm sorry for your loss, golden. My brother also had prostate cancer and passed away Feb. l9th of this year. He, too, fought it for ten years and was treated by the best at John Hopkins. My brother's had also spread everywhere, and he had a very very bad last six months. My sympathies to you.

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