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Fish & the prostate.

Eating more fish may not cut the odds that a man will get prostate cancer, but it may make him less likely to die of the disease.

Researchers tracked more than 20,000 men in the Physicians' Health Study for roughly 20 years. Those who reported eating fish at least five times a week were no less likely to get prostate cancer, but had a 48 percent lower risk of dying of the disease, than those who reported eating fish less than once a week.

The link was strongest with "dark meat fish," which included salmon, sardines, swordfish, bluefish, and mackerel. Shrimp, scallops, and lobster offered no protection.

What to do: It would take more studies to know whether fish--or their omega-3 fats--can slow prostate cancer. But eating more now may protect your hear.

Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 88: 1297, 2008.
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Title Annotation:prostate cancer
Publication:Nutrition Action Healthletter
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2009
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