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This may be the #1 best food to prevent breast cancer, new study says

If you would rather rely on your diet for n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, Ferguson suggests foods like flax seeds, chia seeds, walnuts, and “low-mercury fatty SMASH fish,” which includes salmon, mackerel, anchovies, sardines, and herring.

(Justine Goodman/ Eat This, Not That) –– When a woman faces cancer in the United States, the most common diagnosis is skin cancer; the second-most common diagnosis is breast cancer, according to the Mayo Clinic (though breast cancer can affect all people regardless of gender).

While that’s enough of a reason to regularly have yourself checked for the disease, you may also want to adopt a diet that can help lower the risk of developing breast cancer. According to a new study, that diet should include eating foods that contain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids.

In the study, which was recently published in The North American Menopause Society’s journal Menopause, researchers took a look at almost 1,600 people to identify a possible connection between n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (or Omega−3 fatty acids, Omega-3 oils, or ω−3 fatty acids) and breast cancer. Those behind the study found that n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids—in general, as well as those specifically coming from marine sources—were linked to a reduced breast cancer risk. (…)