The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Fish oil and colorectal cancer risk

    Over 22 years, men who ate fish had a lower risk of colorectal cancer, according to the latest findings from the Physicians’ Health Study.

    First, the details.

    • Dietary fish intake was assessed in more than 21,000 men using a food-frequency questionnaire.
    • The relative risk for getting colorectal cancer based on fish intake and the amount of omega-3 fatty acid in the diet were calculated.

    And, the results.

    • Over 22 years, 500 men were diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
    • Men who ate more fish had a lower risk for colon and rectal cancers.
    • The findings for omega-3 fatty acids were similar to those for fish — higher intake lead to lower cancer risk.

    The bottom line.

    • The authors concluded, “Our results … suggest that intakes of fish and long-chain omega-3 fatty acids from fish may decrease the risk for colorectal cancer.”

    But by how much?

    Researchers from Wageningen University in the Netherlands report that the incidence of colorectal cancer might be lowered 12% by consuming more fish per week. For every additional serving of fish consumed per week the risk of developing the cancer could be cut by 4%.

    5/20/08 19:31 JR

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