"THE HEART OF THE MATTER"
a special program of the National Emergency Medicine Association (NEMA)
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Guest: Dr. Delprit Bagga, researcher, UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center
Topic: Changing breast cancer risk
Host/Producer: Steve Girard
NEMA: Lower your breast cancer risk...coming up...
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NEMA: Over the last several years, researchers have found Asian women, who have a much different diet than American women, also have a much lower risk of breast cancer...
BAGGA: ...and based upon that hypothesis, we decided to intervene in breast cancer patients with a diet which is very low in fat, and supplement the diet with fish oil, which is very high in omega-3 fatty acids
NEMA: Dr. Delprit Bagga of the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center says omega-3s seem to suppress tumor growth...American women eat mainly vegetable based omega-6 oils...which seem to promote it...
BAGGA: Our main aim is to see if we can change the ratio of these two families of fatty acids in the diet, and how they would affect breast cancer. We basically found diet could affect the environment within the breast...the ratios of the different fatty acids in the breast fat... we could change those in three months by using a specific diet.
NEMA: So, lower your dietary fat, and eat more fish to lower your breast cancer risk. Im Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.