POSTED: Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 5:51pm
UPDATED: Friday, July 12, 2013 - 8:38am
Tyler, Texas(KETK) — Just when we thought fish oil was good for you.
A new study from a group of scientists at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle shows, Omega-3 fatty acids may raise the risk for prostate cancer.
KETK wanted answers and discussed this new study with local oncologists.
Doctor Edward Sauter, Oncologist at UT Health Riter Center tells KETK, fish oil supplements should be taken in moderation.
Dr. Sauter says, this research does not prove cause and further research is needed,
"Back in 2011, researchers observed that people with the highest blood levels of these two omega 3 fatty acids e-p-a and d-h-a were associated with aggressive prostate cancer," says Dr. Sauter.
In this study, they found that men with the highest levels had a 71 percent higher risk.
Oncologist, Dr. Gary Gross of the Blood and Cancer Center of East Texas says more research is needed and men need to look at the other important risk factors.
"We know that African American men get it more aggressively, and we also know that interestingly red meat also increases the risk of prostate cancer."
Reports say, more than 200,000 American men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year.
Fish oil is known to reduce the risk of many diseases such as heart disease.
Both Dr. Sauter and Dr. Gross tell KETK, men should still eat fish and consume fish oil if needed.