Breast cancer (BC) is the most common cancer among women across the world. Dietary fatty acids, especially n-3 (omega-3) polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), are believed to play a role in reducing BC risk. Evidence has shown that fish consumption or intake of long-chain n-3 PUFA, such as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are beneficial for inhibiting breast cancer formation. Most anticancer drugs, developed to date, aim to kill cancer cells and decrease tumor burden but are relatively ineffective against some phases of cancer creation. Therefore, other strategies to prevent cancer are urgently required. Evidence is accumulating for using n-3 PUFA as a nutritional intervention in the treatment of BC to enhance conventional therapeutics, or potentially lowering effective doses. Additionally, evidence does not indicate harm and all forms of n-3 PUFA may be included in a healthy diet.
Omega-3 Fats and Breast Cancer
About the Author: Dean Smith, DC, PhD
Dean Smith, DC, PhD, husband, and father of two children, is a highly respected health and wellness authority. He is a chiropractor at Essence of Wellness Chiropractic Center and a researcher and clinical professor at Miami University. Dr. Smith incorporates lifestyle intervention (exercise, nutrition, other non-drug methods) with chiropractic adjustments and other manual methods to encourage optimal wellness. He has helped countless adults and children lead a life of wellness. His research interests lie broadly in the area of human movement and coordination. He is most interested in how chiropractic, exercise and rehabilitation affect human performance. His scientific articles have been published in such journals as Human Movement Science, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Chiropractic Research Journal, Chiropractic and Osteopathy and The Open Neurology Journal. His training includes a Master’s degree in exercise science, a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and a PhD in brain and cognitive science with a focus on motor control and coordination. The International Federation of Sports Chiropractic has awarded him with the International Chiropractic Sport Science Diploma (ICSSD).