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More positive findings for EPA.

An article that appeared in the journal Carcinogenesis reports an inhibitory effect for the long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), which naturally occurs in fish and fish oil, against squamous cell carcinoma, a type of oral and skin cancer. *

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London tested the effect of EPA in cultures of oral and skin squamous cell carcinoma and in premalignant and normal epidermal cells. They found that the fatty acid inhibited the growth of malignant and premalignant cells and increased programmed cell death (apoptosis) of these cells.

Lead author Zacharoula Nikolakopoulou, PhD, commented that, "As the doses needed to kill the cancer cells do not affect normal cells, especially with one particular fatty acid we used called eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), there is potential for using omega-3 fatty acids in the prevention and treatment of skin and oral cancers."

Editor's Note: Squamous cells occur in the outermost layers of the skin, as well as in the lining of the digestive tract and other areas. Squamous cell carcinoma is a common form of skin cancer, as well as an oral cancer that is difficult to treat.

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* Carcinogenesis. 2013 Jul 26.

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Title Annotation:IN THE NEWS; eicosapentaenoic acid
Author:Dye, D.
Publication:Life Extension
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Date:Nov 1, 2013
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