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Omega-3s may improve survival rates in breast cancer

Doctors in this study measured omega-3 and fish in the diets of 1,463 women within three months of a diagnosis for breast cancer, and followed up for 14.7 years.

Compared to women who never consumed fish, women who got the most fish in the diet were 25 percent less likely to have died from any cause over the 14-year follow-up period.

For omega-3s, compared to those who got the least EPA, women who got the most EPA in the diet were 25 percent less likely to have died over the 14-year follow-up period, and women who got the most DHA were 29 percent less likely. Doctors also looked at the omega-3 DPA and found, compared to women with the lowest levels, women who got the most DPA in the diet were 34 percent less likely to have died from any cause over the 14 years of follow-up. 

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