Balancing the evidence: cancer and dietary fat
What is Dietary Fat?
Cancer and Dietary Fat
Heart Disease and Dietary Fat
Obesity and Dietary Fat
What is Right for You?
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If you or anyone in your family has cancer, you will want to know if there is any relationship between dietary fat and cancer, before you increase tha amount of fat in your diet. It is also important to know that when you increase your intake of dietary fat you sometimes decrease your intake of low fat foods , like fruits and vegetables. How will this effect your risk for cancer?

Summary of the Evidence: The association between dietary fat and the risk of all types of cancer is weak. If there is any relationship it is likely to be associated with the type of fat in the diet. There is some preliminary evidence to suggest that omega 3 fatty acids may decrease the risk for certain types of cancer. The omega 3 fatty acids are found in oily fish and nuts, seeds and some vegetable oils. The data is too preliminary to make dietary recommendations. There is consensus that a diet rich in fruit, vegetables and whole grain products is protective for the development of cancer.

Dietary Recommendations: To decrease the risk of developing cancer, consume a diet rich in fruits vegetables and whole grains. Limit the consumption of red meat and alcohol. Consider including rich sources of the omega 3 fatty acids like oily fish, nuts and seeds. This link to the American Cancer Society dietary recommendation may be useful.

Nutrition recommendations to decrease cancer risk

References from the Medical Literature

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