Can Fatty Acids Help Prevent and Treat Cancer?

logo1267406_mdA new research study concluded that Omega-3 fatty acids such as found in salmon and trout selectively inhibit growth and induce cell death in early and late stage oral and skin cancers. The  in  vitro tests showed that these fatty acids induced cell death in malignant and pre-malignant cells at doses that do not affect normal cells and suggests their use in both prevention and treatment of certain skin and oral cancers.

In the lab cell cultures from several different cell lines were grown to which fatty acids were added.The cell lines included both malignant oral and skin SCC’s. along with pre-malignant cells and normal skin and oral cells. The researchersa were suprozed that the cell death of cancer cells t doses that did not effect normal cells was partly due to an over-stimulation of a key growth factor (epidermal growthg factor) that triggers cell death. The researchers said “It could be that those at an increased risk of such cancers-or their recurrence—could benefit from increased omega-3 fatty acids. Moreover, as the skin and oral cancers are often easily accessible, there is the potential to deliver targeted doses locally vuia aerosols or gels. However, further research is needed to define the appropriate therapeutic doses.”

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