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September 1997 Issue

Fish Oils Alter Breast Fat, May Slow Tumor Growth

The theory that a low-fat diet might protect against breast cancer has not panned out. But new research from the University of California, Los Angeles suggests that altering the balance of dietary fats—toward omega-3's found in fish—an change breast composition and hopefully slow a tumor's growth. (Previous research suggests tumor growth is inhibited by omega-3's, but promoted by omega-6's—fats found mainly in vegetable oils.) In the study, 25 women with breast cancer took

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